Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron's meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.
The events in Evita's life are presented in song and commented on by the shows narrator, Che. Well-known numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece include Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Oh What a Circus, Buenos Aires and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
"A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952" – Crowd
"Requiem for Evita" – Chorus
"Oh What a Circus" – Ché and Crowd
"On This Night of a Thousand Stars" – Magaldi
"Eva and Magaldi" / "Eva, Beware of the City" – Eva, Magaldi, Evita's Family
*"Buenos Aires" – Eva and *Crowd
"Good Night and Thank You" – Ché, Eva, Magaldi, Lovers
"The Lady's Got Potential" – Ché (often cut from productions)
"The Art of the Possible" – Perón, Generals, Eva
"Charity Concert" – Perón, Ché, Magaldi, Eva
"I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You" – Eva and Perón
"Hello and Goodbye" – Eva
"Another Suitcase in Another Hall" – Perón's Mistress, Men's Chorus
"Peron's Latest Flame" – Ché, Aristocrats, Soldiers, Eva
"A New Argentina" – Eva, Ché, Perón, Crowd
"On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada" – Perón, Ché, Crowd"
"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" – Eva
"High Flying Adored" – Ché and Eva
"Rainbow High" – Eva and Dressers
"Rainbow Tour" – Perón, Advisers, Ché
"The Actress Hasn't Learned the Lines (You'd Like to Hear)" – Eva, Aristocrats, Ché
*"And the Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)" – Ché and Crowd
"Santa Evita" – Children and Chorus
"A Waltz for Eva and Ché" – Eva and Ché
"You Must Love Me" – Eva --Written for the 1996 film, "You Must Love Me" was added to the 2006 London production and has been used in other post-film productions. Its placement varies from right after "Waltz for Eva and Che" to right before "Eva's Final Broadcast."
"Peron's Latest Flame" - Soldiers
"She Is a Diamond" – Perón
"Dice Are Rolling" / "Eva's Sonnet" – Perón and Eva
"Eva's Final Broadcast" – Eva
"Montage" – Eva, Che, Perón, Chorus
"Lament" – Eva, Embalmers, Che
A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.
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EVITA: (Female) Must be able to play ages 18 to 33 while projecting both a toughness and charisma. She is a beautiful, ambitious and power-seeking woman, who rises to become the spiritual leader of Argentina by the age of 26. She is also a woman of few options, who uses her sexuality to build power. A legit Mezzo with a clear, strong mix that can belt to a high G and sing to a low E (below middle C).
CHE: (Male, 18-35) This character is dashing, impulsive, jealous, and manipulative. Che is a political activist and the narrator of the show, a radical who isn’t reluctant to ask tough questions and demand answers. An actor/singer that must move very well with a high, rock tenor voice that can sing a low A to high B, falsetto to high F.
PERON: (Male, 30-50) An officer in the Argentinean army who rises to become the Argentine President. He is a man who is dignified, charming, and authoritative. A strong actor and singer who can play character/leading man. Vocal bass/baritone to high F.
MISTRESS: (Female, 13-18) A very beautiful, fragile, vulnerable, innocent young girl who plays Juan Peron’s teenaged Mistress. She is “dismissed” out of Peron’s life by his future wife, Eva. The Mistress ponders the rejection during her song, “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.” She will also appear in the ensemble. Must be able to move well and sing a low A to a high E.
MAGALDI: (Male, to play 30 – 40) A tango singer with whom Eva has her first love affair. A charming loser – never quite made it. Has the first number in the show, “On This Night of a Thousand Stars” and sets up the world in which Eva exists and establishes a Latin flavor to the piece, which is essential. He will also appear in the ensemble. A Latin American “personality” type and feel that needs to be bigger than life, but real at the same time. Sings high tenor High G.
ENSEMBLE: Seeking a broad range of males and females of all ethnicities from late teens to 70s. Excellent singing voices in all ranges. All must understand the Latin temperament even if they don’t fit into the “look.” All shapes and sizes to play everything from Generals to Peasants. A fully featured, versatile ensemble that helps define this world. Movement ability a plus.
CHILDRENS ENSEMBLE: Looking for young boys and girls. Must sing and be able to hold harmonies, act and move moderately well. These young actors will be featured as well as appearing in the adult ensemble at times.