Experience the passion and seduction in this elegant masterpiece, Tony Award®-winning musical EVITA, coming to the Academy of Music June 17 – 22 for a limited engagement as part of BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA, presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Shubert Organization.
Tickets went on sale Friday, April 11 at 10:00 am. Tickets ranging in price from $20 to $105.50 can be purchased by calling 215-731-3333, online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Sts. (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust Sts. (open during performances only). Groups of 20 or more will receive discounts for select performances by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947. Peformances include: Tuesday – Thursday evening at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday evening at 8:00 pm; Sunday evening at 6:30 pm, and matinees Saturday at 2:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm.
Directed by Tony and Olivier Award-winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford, this is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago. The New York Post said “The wait was worth it: packed with memorable tunes, EVITA is a MODERN MASTERPIECE!”
Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”
Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders and Troika Entertainment, the creative team includes tour director Seth Sklar-Heyn, tour choreographer Chris Bailey, Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin, Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter, wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey, projection designer Zachary Borovay, and music supervisor Kristen Blodgette, music director/conductor William Waldrop, orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen, and dance arrangements are by David Chase.
BROADWAY PHILADELPHIA is presented collaboratively by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and The Shubert Organization with productions at the Academy of Music, Forrest Theatre and Merriam Theater.
KIMMEL CENTER, INC., a charitable, not-for-profit organization, owns, manages, supports and maintains The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which includes Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, Innovation Studio and the Merck Arts Education Center. Kimmel Center, Inc. also manages the Academy of Music, owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. Our mission is to operate a world class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience which includes providing arts in education, community outreach and a rich diversity of programming. The 2012/2013 season is sponsored by TD Bank. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION was founded in 1900 by three brothers from Syracuse, and the company has been in the forefront of the American theatre ever since. Currently, the Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres, as well as the Shubert in Boston, the Forrest in Philadelphia and Off-Broadway’s 499-seat Little Shubert. The organization is proud of its ongoing refurbishment program for these theatres, as it seeks to preserve their historic character while modernizing them to accommodate the needs of today’s audiences. Over the years the Shubert Organization has produced/co-produced hundreds of Broadway shows including Cats, Dreamgirls, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, City of Angels, Chess, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George, The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby, The Gin Game, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Amadeus, Lettice & Lovage, The Real Thing, Children of a Lesser God, Master Harold…and the Boys, Skylight, Amy’s View, Indiscretions, The Heidi Chronicles, A Few Good Men, Dirty Blonde, The Blue Room, Closer, The Judas Kiss and The Grapes of Wrath. In the last ten years the Organization’s productions have included A Behanding in Spokane, Three Days of Rain, A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, That Championship Season, Equus, Exit the King, Spamalot, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once and Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.
In the 2012-13 season the Shubert Organization was represented on Broadway by John Logan’s I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (w/Bette Midler), Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy (w/Tom Hanks) and Lyle Kessler’s Orphans (w/Alec Baldwin). Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization is active in many aspects of civic, community and industry affairs. Since 1983, its Shubert Ticketing and Telecharge have provided superior box office, call center and marketing services to the entertainment industry.
r’s note: In the spirit of disclosure please note I was given a pair of tickets to an upcoming press night for this performance.