Performance venues: SAIC Shanghai Cultural Square
No. 36 Yongjia Road, Shanghai
Delivery by express on the 15th of each month
Evita, based on the life of Eva Peron, opened at the Prince Edward Theatre on 21 June 1978.
The famed West End musical artist Elaine Paige created the role of Eva, the Argentine girl who charmed and scratched her way up to share the power and the bed of her country’s leader General Juan Peron.
Evita was conceived as a sung-through dramatic piece and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina proved to be the most popular single number from a show in many years. However, it was eighteen months after the release of the record before the Evita arrived on stage. The production was directed by Hal Prince and was an artistic and popular success.
“Evita is quite marvellous modern opera, exceeding in stature even Jesus Christ
Superstar. Lloyd Webber’s score, so full of glorious melodies ................ is an unparalleled fusion of twentieth century musical experience. Echoes of the past -
Tschaikowsky, Puccini and church choral music - shimmer hauntingly through. But it is the interweaving of pop, rock, jazz, Broadway, Latin and other elements, which makes a brew so astonishingly potent ......... In Tim Rice he has a partner of perfection. Rice writes trenchant, modern lyrics, superbly married to Lloyd Webber’s ambitious score - a score so skilfully orchestrated that I am amazed to have read somewhere else no comment yet upon this aspect.