Published on February 4th, 2019 | by Admin



Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA is one of the most celebrated musicals of all time. The original West End and Broadway production, directed by Hal Prince, is currently playing at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne and has now become the highest selling show ever staged at the venue. The remarkable Tina Arena stars in the musical where her portrayal of Eva Perón has been recognised as the role of her lifetime.

After a spectacular sold out season at the Sydney Opera House and an extended season in Melbourne, this Australian production of EVITA has exhilarated critics and audiences alike and is truly not to be missed!

EVITA must close on March 3 with no further extension possible. Tickets at

“I am so proud this production has resonated with audiences, especially in my home town of Melbourne breaking records at our amazing Arts Centre. Playing Eva Perón has been an exquisite experience for me and sharing it with this beautiful cast and our incredible audiences has truly been one of the most gratifying moments of my career.” said Tina Arena.

“It is fantastic to have such an accomplished cast, including cherished global star Tina Arena perform EVITA at Arts Centre Melbourne. Tina is particularly close to our hearts as one of the Patrons of the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne. We are thrilled to be able to host this summer musical that audiences clearly adore. If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, now is the time! We’re urging everyone to come and see EVITA and get ready to have a remarkable experience.” said Claire Spencer, CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne

★★★★½ ‘Super-slick, visually and vocally imposing, and proves a perfect vehicle for its star. This production has star quality in spades.’ – The Age

★★★★ ‘Tina Arena is brilliant. Fabulous. Lavish and Eva-lasting star quality’ – Herald Sun

★★★★ ‘Stunning, high flying vocals’ – Limelight Magazine

★★★★ ‘Tina Arena’s voice is astonishing… It’s Glorious. The kind of singing that makes you hold your breath. The stuff that musical theatre dreams are made of.’ – Time Out

The stellar cast is led by Australian icon, singer, songwriter and musical theatre star Tina Arena in the role of Eva Perón, opera superstar Paulo Szot as Juan Perón, and Kurt Kansley as the young revolutionary Che. Michael Falzon plays tango singer Magaldi, while the role of Perón’s Mistress is played by Alexis van Maanen, making her professional debut. Jemma Rix is the Eva Perón Alternate at certain performances.

Completing the cast is Justin Anderson, Anton Berezin, Michael Camilleri, Olivia Carniato, Rachel Cole, Alie Coste, Jade Coutts, Kristian Crowe, Todd Dewberry, Rodney Dobson, Samantha Dodemaide, Laura Field, Zoy Frangos, Ashleigh Gurnett, Kate Maree Hoolihan, Georgina Hopson, Thomas Johansson, Kathleen Moore, Thern Reynolds, Christopher Scalzo, David Sirianni, Tod Strike, Simon Tichelaar, Dean Vince, Rachael Ward and Paul Whiteley.

The production also includes 18 very talented children: Chelsey Abela, Sebastian Astill, Jasper Budd, Summer Bush, Lucas Calzado-Yubero, Jennah Coleman, Aaron David, Marissa Enderby, Katie Gorczynski, Christina Ivas, Maisy Lester-Bryant, Olivia Lupacchini, Nathaniel Mitchell, Madeline Nesci, Aidan Synan, Kershawn Theodore, Hannah Wing and Ruby Young.

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s EVITA is iconic, with more than 20 major awards to its credit including the Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Musical, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.

Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best loved songs including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, ‘You Must Love Me’ and ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, EVITA charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’.

Legendary Broadway director Hal Prince has won 21 Tony Awards, more than any person in history. Hal Prince will be joined by fellow original West End creative team members including choreographer Larry Fuller and designer Timothy O’Brien.

This musical captured the attention of the public when it was first staged in 1978 and in its 40th year and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 70th year, Opera Australia, John Frost and David Ian are thrilled to bring this “modern masterpiece” (New York Post) to Australia in all its original glory.

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