Photo Flash: Go Inside Opening Night of EVITA at Marriott Theatre!

By: Apr. 22, 2016

EVITA, one of the most passionate and powerful rock operas in Broadway history, opened April 20 at The Marriott Theatre (10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire), where it will run through June 5. The winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical masterpiece with lyrics by Tim Rice will be directed and choreographed by Jeff Award-nominee Alex Sanchez (Choreography for On the Town and Mary Poppins at The Marriott Theatre; Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater) with musical direction by Ryan T. Nelson. Go inside opening night below!

EVITA is the complex and haunting story of Argentina's controversial first lady Eva Perón. Armed with ambition and charisma, Eva would escape her dirt-poor childhood for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. A starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three, Eva secured her position as an iconic figure in Latin culture and a leading spirit of Argentina. While reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military, Eva was a champion of the working class. Her fascinating life and legacy are explored in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's vibrant score, including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina."

EVITA stars Hannah Corneau as "Eva Perón" (LES MISERABLES at Paramount Theatre; World Premiere of Harmony at Alliance Theatre),Austin Lesch as "Che" (Broadway: Billy Elliott: The Musical and Something Rotten), Larry Adams as "Juan Perón", David Schlumpf as "Magaldi," and Eliza Palasz as the "Mistress." Samantha Pauly will perform the role of "Eva Perón" at certain performances. Also featured are William Carlos Angulo, Lauren Blane, Brian Bohr, Brianna Borger, Jameson Cooper, Bobby Daye, Alana Grossman, Anne Gunn, George Keating, Lauren Kias, Josh Kohane, Kristina Larson-Hauk, Russell Mernagh, Christine Mild, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, James Rank, Todd Rhoades, Emily Rohm, Laura Savage and Jason Slattery.

The production will feature set design by Tom Ryan, costume design by Nancy Missimi, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Bob Gilmartin, properties design by Sally Weiss, musical supervision and orchestra conducted by Patti Garwood.

Photo Credit: Amy Boyle Photography


Review: AMERICAN PSYCHO: The Musical at Kokandy Productions Photo
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Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at TimeLine Theatre Company/Broadway In Chicago Photo
Review: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY at TimeLine Theatre Company/Broadway In Chicago

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY is a sweeping play that covers 164 years of history as it weaves together fact and fiction to chart the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers. The play’s title mirrors the ambition of the piece: It has a run-time of over three hours that unfolds in three acts — all performed by only three actors. The trilogy in the title is thus a literal reflection of the play’s structure and the roles, but it’s also suggestive of the piece’s mythical nature. Likewise, playwright Stefano Massani’s script (adapted by Ben Power) has a rhythmic storytelling style; the actors often narrate their own stories and actions in a chamber theater type of presentation. Although the run time is long, the fact that THE LEHMAN TRILOGY covers so much ground means it remains interesting throughout — although I found I was ultimately more intellectually than emotionally stimulated.

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