In el Cementerio, a cemetery in the heart of Buenos Aires, the richest families of the city are buried in ostentatious and expensive tombs, lined like a little neighborhood, the ultimate posthumous-gated community. In a back alley of sorts, away from the presidents’ tombs and Grecian statues, flowers, notes of remembrance and thank yous from contemporary social movements adorn the grave of an improbable and indelible Argentinian hero, Eva Perón. The same Evita whose face, frozen in impassioned oration, graces the outside of a downtown skyscraper, which remains an active symbol in Argentine politics. This fall, the Asolo theater is bringing the life and story of Evita to Sarasota in the critically acclaimed and Tony Award winning musical “Evita.”
The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and named after its protagonist, depicts the life of Evita, beginning in provincial Buenos Aires and following her rise to stardom, power and, ultimately, a symbol of care and resilience. The play first took stage in London’s West End theater in 1978 and landed on Broadway the following year. Since then, it has returned to the stage a number of times, once on Broadway, a number of times in London and once in a film adaptation featuring Madonna as Evita. The Asolo production will feature Ana Isabelle, the Puerto Rican winner of Viva el Sueño, a Univision show dedicated to finding the next Latinx superstar.
The show opens on the Nov. 14 and runs until the end of December. Tickets are on sale, and can be grabbed for as little as $35 with a student discount.