Evita Brings Majesty to Broward Center-Opens Tuesday!

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's  

LEGENDARY MUSICAL EVITA,

OPENS TUESDAY NIGHT AT THE BROWARD CENTER

LAUNCHING THE 2005-2006 BROADWAY IN FORT LAUDERDALE

SEASON PRESENTED BY FLORIDA THEATRICAL ASSOCIATION

Winner of seven Tony® Awards, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber/>'s legendary musical EVITA comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for a limited 2-week engagement launching the 2005-2006 Broadway In Fort Lauderdale season presented by Florida Theatrical Association.

The Broward Center engagement of EVITA will run November 15 - 27 with performances Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm and additional performances Sunday, November 20 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, November 23 at 2pm.

Tickets ranging from $22.00 - $73.00 and can be purchased in person at the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office and by phone and internet at 954-462-0222 or www.browardcenter.org, and TicketMaster phones at 954-523-3309 in Broward, 305-358-5885 in Dade, and 561-966-3309 in Palm Beach or at www.ticketmaster.com Tickets are also available through TicketMaster outlets. Orders for groups of 20 or more may be placed by calling the Broward Center at 954-468-3326 or Broadway Across America at 1-800-6GROUPS (647-6877).

EVITA brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Eva Peron, blessed with charisma, captivated a nation by championing the working class. The epic story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron is told in a sweeping pop opera, featuring one of the Broadway stage's most dynamic and lush melodies, Don't Cry For Me, Argentina.

From her illegitimate birth into poverty, to her status as a world player and South America's most important woman, EVITA is a story of glamour, power and greed. Beginning its life as a concept album in 1976, EVITA instantly became a global phenomenon. It was the first mega musical when it opened at the Broadway Theatre on Sept. 25, 1979, setting records for the largest box office advance. It went on to sweep all theater awards in 1979, winning seven Tonys® including Best Musical, Score, Book and Director. It played 1,568 performances, closing June 25, 1983.

EVITA became the first Broadway show to be reproduced successfully in every major city in the world, including the Philippines, where it had been banned under the Marcos regime because of the uncomfortable parallels to Imelda Marcos. EVITA also became the first musical since the Rodgers & Hammerstein era to burst on to the world's pop charts. Four of the show's songs including the break out hit Don't Cry For Me Argentina, were recorded globally. The Broadway cast album won a Grammy® in 1981.

A new generation was introduced to EVITA in December 1996 when Alan Parker's critically acclaimed film version opened starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas/>. The film received five Oscar® nominations, winning for Best Song, and won three Golden Globes® including Best Picture. Tim Rice (Lyricist) won Tony® Awards for Best Book and Best Score for EVITA. He wrote the stage musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, King David, and The Lion King. He received Oscars® for EVITA' s "You Must Love Me" and "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.

Andrew Lloyd Webber/> (Composer) won a Tony® Award for Best Score for EVITA. He is the composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, By Jeeves, Song & Dance, Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and Whistle Down the Wind. He has won six Tonys®, three Grammys® and an Oscar® in 1997 for EVITA "You Must Love Me."

The Fort Lauderdale engagement of EVITA is presented in arrangement with Florida Theatrical Association, a non-profit civic organization with a volunteer board of trustees established to ensure the continued presentation of quality national touring Broadway productions in the state of Florida and is a "Special" offering of Broadway In South Florida.

Broadway Across America (BAA) is the country's most prolific presenting network of 50 North American cities offering first-rate touring Broadway productions and theatrical entertainment. Cities in the BAA network ensure their patrons that they are seeing touring productions of the highest quality in many of the country's top theatrical venues often direct from Broadway or on pre-Broadway tours. Over 300,000 season ticket holders enjoy BAA benefits to over 500 productions each season that include no-fee intercity ticket exchanges privileges, split city season tickets and priority purchase opportunities for additional entertainment events across the country.  Among others, Broadway Across America cities include Chicago, Boston, Houston, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Costa Mesa, Atlanta, Portland, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore and Tempe.  Recent presentations include WICKED, Disney's THE LION KING, SWEET CHARITY, MOVIN OUT, HAIRSPRAY, BLUE MAN GROUP, RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR and DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE!  For information or to purchase tickets for touring Broadway shows throughout the network go to www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

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