Tickets for the Vancouver Opera production of Evita are moving well, the company reports half the seats are almost sold one month prior to to opening.
Iranian-born Canadian actor and singer Ramin Karimloo stars as Che and is recognized as a favourite of musical theatre, heralded for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables and the title role in Phantom of the Opera. He has starred in the West End’s longest running musicals and was hand-picked by Andrew Lloyd Webber to portray the lead role in Love Never Dies. Mr. Karimloo has won the Theatregoer’s Choice Award, the Broadwayworld.com award for Best Actor in a musical, the Best Actor award in the Viewers’ Choice Theatre Awards at Whatsonstage.com in 2011, and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.
His 2011 performance in the 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall was streamed live to cinemas across the world, and his 2010 performance in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at The O2 Arena in London has become one of the most widely viewed shows in PBS history.
Winner of 7 Tony Awards™ including Best Musical, Evita is the story of the charismatic and controversial Eva Perón, whose beauty and ambition vaulted her from poverty to power as the First Lady of Argentina.
Set in the politically turbulent 1930s and 1940s, Evita follows Eva’s remarkable journey from small-town slums to the tango clubs of Buenos Aires, through a career in B movies, and to the presidential palace on the arm of her new husband, General Juan Perón. Fearlessly aggressive in defending the rights of workers and the poor, Eva attracted the wrath of the aristocracy and the universal love of the people. Her legend lives on, decades after her death in 1952 at age 33, even as her role in Argentina’s history is revealed with increasing clarity as time goes on.
We are proud to present a full-scale production of this modern classic of musical theatre. Lloyd Webber artfully drew on choral forms, Latinate rhythms and contemporary ballads to create a compelling work. “No composer since Puccini has managed to write tunes that adhere so insistently to the memory,” said The New York Times.
Evita plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 30 to May 8