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'Evita' can be seen at Lyceum Theatre through Aug. 27


Last updated 8/23/2017 at Noon

From left, Juan Peron (Jason Maddy), Eva Peron (Marissa Matthews) and Che (Jeffery Ricca) are seen after her marriage. Daren Scott photo

Elizabeth Youngman-Westphal

Special to the Village News

Historians would be hard-pressed to find another woman who climbed up and out of the gutter to parallel the ascension of Argentina’s former first lady 33-year-old Eva Duarte Peron (May 1919 – July 1952).

Tim Rice (Sir Timothy Rice) was inspired to write the book and lyrics about Eva Peron after overhearing a radio program about her life. Fascinated by her meteoric rise, the idea stuck and later he convinced (Sir) Andrew Lloyd Webber to put it to music.

The operetta opened to sensational reviews in London’s West End in 1978 wi...

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