September 10, 1986 |
By the time maestro Milton Greene assumed the musical reins at Starlight three years ago, he had already carved out an extensive musical career. Greene had even made his mark on Broadway as music director and vocal arranger for several shows, including "Fiddler on the Roof." But nothing in his past prepared Greene for his tenure with the San Diego Civic Light Opera Assn. "I never studied airplane conducting," he quipped in a quiet moment before a recent performance.
May 10, 1991 |
Don't cry for "Evita," now that Disney has dumped the expensive film project that was to star Madonna in the title role. As a matter of fact, don't cry for Madonna, either. That's the word from a source close to the project, who said producer Robert Stigwood "is in a good place" regarding the film's viability, director Glen Gordon Caron and the star. Stigwood fully expects to have a new deal in place soon, perhaps at Paramount Pictures, the source said. Paramount had no comment on the matter.
July 18, 1998 |
Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita" will complete the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 1998-99 Broadway Series, the rest of which was previously announced, center officials said Friday. The touring roadshow, to be staged April 20-25 in Segerstrom Hall, is a 20th-anniversary remounting of the musical, which premiered in 1978 with Patti LuPone in the title role, center officials said. The Broadway season begins Sept. 15 with "Victor/Victoria" starring Toni Tennille.
February 1, 1997
Long Beach's new Latin American Art Museum will hold "Evita: A Night in Argentina," featuring a fashion show of designs inspired by the flamboyant couture of Eva Peron and Argentine designer Myra Magis, tonight at 7. Admission to the event, which includes a wine reception and tango dancing performance, is $10. Information: (310) 437-1689.
September 21, 1989 |
Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep has withdrawn from the film version of "Evita," citing exhaustion, and the film has been postponed until a new star is found, the producers said today. Director Oliver Stone said Wednesday: "I still want very much to see 'Evita' made. I am looking toward the future and the new singers/actresses that are coming up." Filming was to have started on the musical in Seville, Spain, next February.
October 4, 1985 |
"Evita," the musical about Eva Peron, wife of the late Argentine dictator Juan Peron, will close Feb. 8 after giving its 2,904th London performance, its publicists announced. The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical opened at London's Prince Edward Theater on June 21, 1978. It will be the second longest-running musical in London stage history behind "Jesus Christ Superstar," an earlier Lloyd Webber/Rice collaboration that played 3,357 performances.
May 4, 1996 |
Before the movie version takes over the public's notion of what "Evita" is all about, the Theater League is offering another look at the dynamic stage musical that generated the film. Now in Thousand Oaks and next week in Glendale, this "Evita" demonstrates again how transfixing Andrew Lloyd Webber's best show can be. Unlike much of his later work, "Evita" conspicuously lacks the sense that crowd-pleasing was the first priority.
February 23, 1994 |
Is it time for a new "Evita"? We're not talking about a replacement for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's grand opera camouflaged as a musical. Replacing the show itself would be a terrible mistake, as this is the best work either Webber or Rice ever has done. But have we arrived at a point where a new staging is called for? The good people at the Fullerton Civic Light Opera clearly don't think so.
May 9, 1986 |
Tim Rice's lyrics are muddied far too often in Long Beach Civic Light Opera's production of the Webber/Rice "Evita." Is it because of imprecision or imbalance in Steven Smith's musical direction or William A. Hennigh's sound design? Or is it the fault of the acoustics in the gigantic Terrace Theatre? All I know is that I've heard much clearer shows, usually directed by Smith, in this same hall--last summer's "Annie," for example.
October 28, 2013 |
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.