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May 1, 1999
Michael Phillips forgot to mention one other thing that "a shiny hack job like 'Evita' " also means: It gives critics like him the opportunity to trash the works of artists they do not like ("Long Live 'Evita'? She Has," April 22). I cannot understand why critics continue to review shows that they know beforehand they will not enjoy. Phillips tells us that he does not like the shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber, so when he sets out to tear apart not only "Evita" but all other shows written by him, how can we expect any type of objective reporting?
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October 28, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
It's a newer Argentina than not on display in “Evita” at the Pantages. This glossy touring edition of director Michael Grandage's 2006 revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Tony-winning phenomenon doesn't reinvent the popera, just gives it a shrewdly evocative makeover. A critical darling in London, the production (reaching Costa Mesa in December) received wildly mixed reactions on Broadway in 2012. Yet even the naysayers noted Grandage's and choreographer Rob Ashford's deft refocusing of “Evita's” basic ingredients.
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January 29, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Broadway revival of “Evita,” costarring Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin, closed Saturday night -- and it was squarely in the red.  It hadn't earned back its $11-million investment, according to Bloomberg News. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice , “Evita” -- which was also a 1996 feature film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas -- is a high-profile musical brand by now; it might have seemed a sure-fire success,  especially with pop star power behind it.  But the production -- which also starred Argentinian performer Elena Roger as Evita -- may have set its sights too high.
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January 29, 2013
Rome's 18th century Trevi Fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita," is getting a $2.9-million restoration courtesy of the Fendi fashion house. The 20-month project on one of the city's most iconic fountains was unveiled at a city hall news conference Monday featuring Fendi designers Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi, who said the project combined a love of Rome's past with a need to preserve its future. It's the latest example of Italian fashion companies coming to the aid of Italy's chronically underfunded cultural heritage.
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May 3, 2012 | Ed Stockly
“106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live” 6 p.m. Thursday, BET: “Stomp.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Colburn School Orchestra -- Takemitsu & Mahler: Colburn Orchestra with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz as he guides some of L.A.'s brightest young musicians. “Late Show With David Letterman” 11:35 p.m. Thursday, CBS: TV host Stephen Colbert; actress Chloe Grace Moretz; performance from “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” “The Wendy Williams Show” 2 p.m. Friday, Fox: Broadway: Actor Blair Underwood; actress Marilu Henner.
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February 22, 1997 | NORINE DRESSER, Folklorist Norine Dresser is the author of "Multicultural Manners" (Wiley, 1996). Contact her through Voices or by e-mail: 71204.1703@compuserve.com
An emotionally charged scene in the movie "Evita" shows Eva Peron's mother with a young Eva and her siblings trying to enter the church grounds where, inside the church, the children's father lies in an open coffin. The deceased's legal wife confronts the woman and her husband's illegitimate children, barring them from the funeral service.
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May 14, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
After housing phantom murderers and falling chandeliers twice since late 1997, the Pantages Theatre is finally home to "Evita," the one Andrew Lloyd Webber / Harold Prince collaboration that's truly worth the popular adulation that usually goes to their "Phantom of the Opera." This touring "Evita," previously reviewed at Orange County Performing Arts Center, brings the show back to the city where it had its American premiere 20 years ago (at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion).
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May 9, 1986 | ELISABETH GRAHAM ELISABETH GRAHAM
Putting "Evita" in a dinner theater is a bit like having a circus in your living room. "Evita" at the Grand Dinner Theatre may not be grand spectacle, but it is a thoughtful, innovatively presented production that offers several highlights of its own. Director-choreographer Timothy Smith has added many twists--some of them dazzling--in his staging of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice pop opera that traces the rise and fall of Eva Peron, second wife of the Argentine dictator Juan Peron.
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April 15, 1993 | KATHRYN BOLD
A mere 15 minutes after she starred in "Evita" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Valerie Perri was in the spotlight again. This time, she and the other "Evita" cast members were the stars of a party Tuesday at Birraporetti's in Costa Mesa to celebrate the musical's opening night. The center board of directors invited 200 guests, many of them longtime center supporters, to congratulate the actors after the show and indulge in Italian food.
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May 8, 1986 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
When Florence Lacey closes out the national tour of "Evita" in September (the musical is at the Long Beach Terrace through May 18), she will have played the role of Eva Peron for five years--which is more than half the time that Juan Peron held presidential office in Argentina. A performer tied into a major role lives in a double bind. How do you play night after night for years without having a glaze come over the mind's eye? And where do you go when it's all over?
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January 29, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Broadway revival of “Evita,” costarring Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin, closed Saturday night -- and it was squarely in the red.  It hadn't earned back its $11-million investment, according to Bloomberg News. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice , “Evita” -- which was also a 1996 feature film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas -- is a high-profile musical brand by now; it might have seemed a sure-fire success,  especially with pop star power behind it.  But the production -- which also starred Argentinian performer Elena Roger as Evita -- may have set its sights too high.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | Ed Stockly
“106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live” 6 p.m. Thursday, BET: “Stomp.” “Open Call” 9 p.m. Thursday, KCET: Colburn School Orchestra -- Takemitsu & Mahler: Colburn Orchestra with guest conductor Gerard Schwarz as he guides some of L.A.'s brightest young musicians. “Late Show With David Letterman” 11:35 p.m. Thursday, CBS: TV host Stephen Colbert; actress Chloe Grace Moretz; performance from “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” “The Wendy Williams Show” 2 p.m. Friday, Fox: Broadway: Actor Blair Underwood; actress Marilu Henner.
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April 1, 2012 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Oh, to be ignorant again. At least that's what Tim Rice is thinking as he looks back on his 26-year-old self. "It's a great advantage not to have a clue as to what you're up to," he says. "My son Donald, who has just finished his first film, said something I wish I'd said: 'You should make the most of your inexperience because you'll never get it back.' And it's true. " What has put Rice in such a ruminative mood are the Broadway revivals this season of his two early shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber,"Jesus Christ Superstar" (1970)
WORLD
February 18, 2007 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
She is a senator and the chief advisor to her husband, who is no less than the president of Argentina. Some call her the real power in the presidential palace. She is certainly more stylish than he is, sporting a Jackie Kennedy-like designer collection and a shoe closet rivaling that of Imelda Marcos. And the heated rumor mill here suggests she wants his job. "This is the century of the woman," Sen.
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February 1, 2006 | From Reuters
"Evita" came full circle Tuesday with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing plans to revive the '70s musical in London with Argentine star Elena Roger in the lead role. Roger, a fan of Madonna in the film version, was born in 1974, the year that Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice started work on what was to become one of their most successful musicals. Lloyd Webber said he had no plans to write new songs for the show, which opens in June.
WORLD
October 23, 2005 | Patrick J. McDonnell, Times Staff Writer
The larger battle may be over the future of Peronism, but it's the fight between the first ladies that has grabbed the headlines as Argentines go to the polls today. The mud-slinging campaign closed last week in an eleventh-hour frenzy of verbal volleys, with President Nestor Kirchner saying he would be "a prisoner of vested interests" during his remaining two years in office if his slate does not win big in the midterm legislative elections.
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August 21, 1987 | MARK CHALON SMITH
It doesn't take long to feel the political sway of "Evita" at Orange Coast College. An unapologetic piece of agitprop, it's a keening slap in the face of Argentina's corrupt past. This "Evita" is potent theater, both as a melodramatic history lesson and a loose reference to the continuing troubles in Central and South America.
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January 3, 1997 | EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES: * Earl Ofari Hutchinson is author of "Beyond O.J.: Race, Sex and Class Lessons for America" (Middle Passage Press, 1996)
Not surprisingly, some critics have been as merciless in their attacks on the movie "Evita" as many were half a century ago on the real-life Evita, nee Eva Duarte. There was no middle ground then or now. One either loved or hated Evita and, it seems, one either loves or hates "Evita." Why was she so hated? The answers lie in the thick tapestry of myths, half-truths and lies about her. Evita rose from a poor, fatherless home, to become the mistress and wife of Argentine strongman Juan Peron.
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June 4, 2002 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Imagine an entire musical performed as though the cast were following footprints pasted to the floor to diagram their steps. That's how it feels to watch Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' revival of "Evita." Everyone purposefully hits the marks, but with little spontaneity or conviction. If there is any reason to see this rehash of the 1978 Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera, it is to catch Christa Jackson's performance as Eva Peron.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 2000 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephanie Lawrence, the toast of London's West End as the heroine of a string of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and memorable for her take on Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, has died at the age of 50. Lawrence, star of Britain's 1983 "Marilyn! The Musical," was found dead Saturday at her southwest London home. Although the exact cause of death was not known, authorities said, it was not being treated as suspicious.
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