A decade since her last stage musical, Tina Arena will take on the role of Eva Peron in Evita at the Sydney Opera House in September next year. The much loved Australian star will join legendary Director Hal Prince, winner of 21 Tony Awards, in re-creating the original West End and Broadway production created by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
With a music career spanning over 40 years, Tina is no stranger to the stage. She previously wowed critics on the West End as Roxie Hart in Chicago and has appeared in Cabaret, Nine, Dynamite and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
“Tina is an extraordinary artist with a commanding stage presence. She will leave an indelible impression with this demanding role,” says leading UK theatre producer David Ian, who joins John Frost and Opera Australia in producing EVITA.”I am absolutely thrilled to be presenting the original West End and Broadway version of this truly iconic musical in Australia with the incredible Tina Arena in the title role. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Hal Prince are legends of musical theatre; it gets no better than this.”
Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from the humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to being heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation.’
Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most popular songs including, ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,’ ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars,’ and, ‘You Must Love Me,’ the musical has captured the attention of the public since it first staged in 1978. Now in its 40th year, Opera Australia and John Frost are thrilled to be bringing this modern day classic to Australia in all its original glory.
Tickets go on sale August 31st 2017, for more information visit: evitathemusical.com.au.