Disclosure: I received media tickets to attend this performance. All opinions are 100% my own.
The Tony Award Winning musical Evita made it’s premiere in South Florida at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami this week. For only a limited time only, May 27th – June 1st, you can come see Evita, as it is sure to capture your heart and soul!
As the Broadway in Miami 2013-2014 subscription season presented by Bank of America comes to a close, it brings Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s passionate and elegant masterpiece EVITA center stage!
The Touring Cast of EVITA includes Caroline Bownman starring as Eva Peron, Sean MacLaughlin as Juan Peron, Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi, and the outstanding Josh Yong as Che.
EVITA, based on a true story, tells the story of a girl, Eva Perón, who made a real name for herself despite all the setbacks and bad hands dealt to her during her poor youth and hidden upbringing. Unacknowledged by society due to her being born out-of-wedlock, as a mistresses love affair with a wealthy businessman, Eva wanted more out of life and wasn’t afraid to go after it.
After traveling to Buenos Aires looking for a way to improve her social status and class, she met the man, Juan Peron, who would help her climb to the heights of being the First Lady of Argentina. Together they formed an unstoppable partnership in life and marriage. She wooed the poor and working classes by relating to them and fighting for them. Eva ultimately became a pioneer woman of her time and one of the most powerful in the world.
Despite all the power, tragedy struck Eva at the young age of 33, and the country, when her body simply could not meet the drive and ambition of her soul. Eva died a martyr and saint to those that loved her dearly. I liken her to the Princess Diana of her time.
Some of the best songs to come from the production are the ever popular “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” You are bound to catch yourself singing along.
Although I was unfamiliar with the background story of Eva Peron, I was eager to see this production and I was not disappointed. The cast was outstanding and I instantly fell in love with Josh Young, who played Che and opened the show. His voice was powerful and captivating. Carolina Bowman as Eva played a very testifying performance from the days of a young uninhibited girl to a powerful, yet scared woman. The sweet angelic voice of Krystina Alabado as the Mistress is simply unforgettable. I would have loved to have seen and heard more of her.
Evita, backed by an outstanding cast, an awesome orchestra, themed costume, realistic stage and set design and an unforgettable story of love, power and tragedy. You will laugh, cry and yearn for more. My friend that joined me for the evening, sent me some background on Eva Peron to read up on and I want to learn even more about this wonder of a woman.
I am not the only one raving about the show, hear what the critics have to say:
“A must-see hit! The show Broadway has been waiting for!” – CBS This Morning
“EVITA is a formidable piece of theater!” - Wall Street Journal
“A big, fat, high-octane blockbuster!” – New York Post
Evita is recommended for mature audiences. The parental guidance advisory lists ages 10 and up for children, but I would recommend children be at least 13 due to some more mature scenes and language.
Evita runs for 2 hours and 15 minutes, which includes 1 intermission for 20 minutes. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase, however, food is not be permitted inside the theater for this performance.
Ticket prices are family and budget friendly and start at only $26. There are only seven shows left, playing in the evenings on weekdays and with two shows each on Saturday and Sunday through June 1st.
Make it a family night, a date night, a culture night! Whatever you call it, make it an Eva Peron from Argentina night and don’t miss this limited time engagement. Remember, the fun in Miami ends on Sunday and shows are selling out quickly!
Evita is playing at the Ziff Ballet Opera House located in the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722.
Photo credits @ Richard Termine
Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about upcoming Broadway shows coming to South Florida!
Disclosure: Mama’s Mission was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets to the show, all opinions are 100% my own. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.