REVIEW: Downscaled ‘Evita’ finds new ways to shine
THE WASHINGTON POST • June 27, 2016 • BY NELSON PRESSLEY
It’s hard to think of “Evita” without the kind of star quality that the aggressive title character sings about in the die-hard Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The original 1970s production was famously slick, dripping with celebrity as it chronicled the meteoric and underhanded rise of actress Eva Perón scheming her way to becoming Argentina’s first lady.
DC METRO THEATER ARTS • June 27, 2016 • BY DANIELLE ANGELINE
Evita, the Tony Award-winning musical, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, is now playing at Olney Theatre Center. The brilliance of the production is due to the collaborative talents of Director Will Davis, Choreographer Christopher D’Amboise, and Musical Director Christopher Youstra.
DC THEATRE SCENE • June 27, 2016 • BY SUSAN GALBRAITH
As the story goes, when composer Andrew Lloyd Webber first sent his original recording of the Evita songs to Hal Prince to get the producer involved, Prince responded, “Any musical that begins with a funeral can’t be all bad.” And so the show has proven in its thirty-eight years. The new production at Olney Theatre Center deserves our attention much more than “not all bad,” and chiefly because the show has been retooled not for stars the like of Patti LuPone, who dominated the show on Broadway, but for an ensemble that swirls around Evita and whose singing and dancing are just terrific.
Olney Theatre Center is a proud partner of Barrie School.
Olney Theatre Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. All programs are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.