Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production

After almost a year and a half since it premiered at Habima Theatre, the hit musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice came to an end yesterday when Evita had its last performance.

Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Shiri Maimon gets excited after her last performance yesterday (Photo: Shir Albuch)

After the performance the entire cast had a party backstage and held some funny quizzes. The pianist and musical conductor of the show, Giora Linenberg, played a few notes from the musical's score and the cast had to recognize the part and sing it, which wasn't an easy task since many notes repeat themselves throughout the show with different lyrics.
In another quiz some costume pieces were shown to the cast that had to guess from which character they were taken.

Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
The cast members during their party (Photo: Shir Albuch)

This production knew a major cast change when Maya Buskila started to play the role of Eva Peron alternately with Shiri Maimon who played this role exclusively until then.

Another cast change has occurred just recently when Ran Danker who played the role of Che had to depart this production for shooting a new TV series he'll be taking part in. Moshe Kepten, the director, has chosen the actor Tzahi Halevi to fill in this role for the last 4 performances only.

Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Maya Buskila as Eva Peron (Photo: Gerard Allon)

One of the main reasons for the success of this production is the very talented group of people of the ensemble that consisted of both actors and dancers who managed to put an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm on stage during each performance.

Avichay Hacham, the choreographer, has won The Israeli Theatre Award for Best Choreography for his work in this production. This fact also explains the impact of the brilliant dance numbers, as choreographed and performed, to this production's triumph.

Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Shahar Peretz, Shiri Maimon, Matan Ben-Shimol and the ensemble (Photo: Daniel Kaminsky)

This critically acclaimed production that enjoyed rave reviews was also very popular among the audience for most of its run but lately it was clear that the time has come to put Evita in her coffin for the last time.

As Che sings after Evita's death: "How she lived, how she shone, but how soon the lights were gone".

Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Rafi Weinstock, Tzahi Halevi, Shiri Maimon, Aki Avni and Revital Zaltsman bowing for the last time (Photo: Shir Albuch)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Ran Danker as Che. Had his last performance a few weeks ago (Photo: Daniel Kaminsky)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Shiri Maimon and Aki Avni as Eva and Juan Peron (Photo: Daniel Kaminsky)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Moshe Kepten, Evita's director and artistic director of Habima Theatre, after the final bows (Photo: Shir Albuch)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Ensemble members Tut Mullor and Hananel Edri conduct Evita's requiem ceremony during the cast party yesterday (Photo: Shir Albuch)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Shiri Maimon in her dressing room yesterday before leaving it for the last time (Photo: Yuval Gerstner)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Aki Avni enjoying his last moments backstage (Photo: Yuval Gerstner)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Moshe Kepten and Tzahi Halevi after the final performance (Photo: Yuval Gerstner)
Photo Coverage: Requiem EVITA - Final Curtain for Habima's Production
Full credits (Photo: Daniel Kaminsky)

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