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Evita (NY City Center)

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Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Disappointing

About the show

NY City Center presents a new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed rock-opera, which examines the rapid and controversial ascent of Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina, until her untimely death at age 33. More…

From the show:

Solea Pfeiffer (Almost Famous, Hamilton), who first blew the roof off City Center in Songs for a New World from the 2018 Encores! Off-Center Season, plays Eva as she emerges as a populist hero ensconced within the elite circles of Buenos Aires society. In iconic ballads like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “You Must Love Me,” Pfeiffer reveals the savvy artistry with which the eventual celebrity rose from her humble origins. Cannold’s bold new vision also casts Argentine actor and recording artist Maia Reficco to open the show as Young Eva, and the shadow presence of her troubled adolescence provides a unique perspective on Eva’s dazzling adult triumphs. They are joined by Jason Gotay (Call Me Madam at City Center) as Che, Enrique Acevedo (Zorba! at City Center) as Juan Perón, and Philip Hernandez (Les Misérables) as Magaldi. On the one-hundredth anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth, this presentation deepens your understanding of one of Argentina’s most adored and reviled figures.


Member Reviews (112)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Disappointing
80
Avg Score

85
Great music, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the score to Evita or have never seen it before. Cast is great with amazing vocals.

Don't see it if You don't like Evita or shows that are completely sung through.

71
Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you remember Evita on Bway this is different in better and worse ways. Good singing and staging.

Don't see it if If you liked Evita when it came out late 70s early 80s as it is much different from story to its setup.

76
Well acted, Slow, Disappointing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Lush staging vs mundane choreo epitomizes this clunky, sort of 'woke' production Good work by leads tho Pfeiffer hasn't any high register

Don't see it if Webber's best music & Rice's workmanlike book are done no favors w/Cannold's re-think of the Evita persona Che as Greek chorus figure shines

81
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Driven gal taps what's she's given to ride the crest of fascism to political sainthood.Bold Shadow Evita choice.Great book and choreography.

Don't see it if Two-Evita concept works, but not when one doesn't reflect character's strength.Che's disgust absent (balcony), yet import given to wardrobe.

70
Good singing, Great music, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if Want to see different take on Evita. Solea Pfeiffer had a good voice.

Don't see it if It over 2 hr. with 1 intermission. All singing.

Also This was my first time seeing Evita on stage. I did not care for Che. ... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you like one of Webber's best shows with a wonderful Evita. I enjoyed the staging which complemented the singing and acting.

Don't see it if you like lavish sets or costumes or you do not like Andrew Lloyd Webber shows.

Also Solea Pfeiffer was great as Evita. She had the voice and the presence ... Read more Read less

82
Wonderful orchestra, Disappointing, Brilliant staging, Great singing

See it if you love the score.Well acted,very well staged.But the heart is missing.I never felt sympathy for Evita.All flash, no heart.

Don't see it if you want a fully fleshed out production.The staging/singing are all exemplary, but what makes the show great isn't the sizzle.It's the soul

80
Excellent book & music, Great costume and poster design, Great leading actors, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if A very satisfactory Evita that makes novel choices that run counter to some expectations without completely distorting the original meaning.

Don't see it if Leaves you wanting more context. Overreactive Webber/Rice superfans. Honestly, not all of the moments are earned. But some really are.

Also You must hear Gotay (Che) sing And the Money Kept Rolling In. Wow.... Read more Read less

79
Some questionable choices, Great dancing, Disappointing, Some excellent singing, Mixed bag

See it if you've never seen Evita before. Has much to recommend. Pfeiffer sings beautifully & has presence as Evita. Great orchestra. Fine dancing.

Don't see it if having 2 actors play young & adult Evita does not work..young Evita hard to understand & strident. Uninteresting Peron.

Also Jason Gotay is vocally great as Che, but lacks gravitas. Could underst... Read more Read less

80
Great music, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if like me, you never saw the original and wanted the "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" experience first hand; want wonderful orchestra & vocals

Don't see it if want more in-depth view of the Argentina "saint"; want more elaborate choreography (ok, I did like the Argentina military musical chairs) *

Also *minimalist staging except for the tiers of flowers that appear at beg... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if What a show!!! This interpretation of a classic must be seen even though not perfect. The staging and choreography are the best in town now.

Don't see it if if you a looking for a lighthearted musical, this is not it.

Also My only complaint is the addition of the younger Evita as a ghost watc... Read more Read less

69
Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You have never seen Evita. Beautiful music, good songs, that is a given.

Don't see it if You have ever seen Evita. This falls short. Too heavy on the choreography. Mostly bare stage. Peron miscast. Cast tries hard but misses.

Also Poor directing. Evita’s dress hangs from ceiling, she has no balcony f... Read more Read less

85
Honest portrait of how bad people can do good things, Emotional, A little less-memorable than anticipated, Exceptional music and singing (with some sound/mic issues), Beautiful simplicity (and sometimes too simple)

See it if you've never seen Evita staged or performed live; need to see every Andrew Lloyd-Webber production; and/or can forgive imperfections.

Don't see it if expecting exciting staging, though, it’s innovative and attractive in its own way; bothered by overmiced ensembles who sound unintelligible.

Also While this Evita is missing a certain something indefinable—some spark... Read more Read less

87
Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love the show (or the movie) and want to see it again. It's amazing how CC manages to pull this off for such a short run.

Don't see it if You don't care for the original or you wanted a dramatic new take on it.

91
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if you want GREAT STORYTELLING via sweeping music & compelling staging. Excellent performances (esp. Pfeiffer & Gotay).

Don't see it if you don't want to see a now-classic musical wonderfully staged in streamlined style. Sung-through & powerfully presented.

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if A new spin, with 2 actresses,ages 19,25,playing Evita from ages 15-20 and 20-33. They both have great voices and stage presence.

Don't see it if You prefer the other traditional versions and are unwilling to appreciate this original concept.

Also The wonderful score is heard to great effect by the outstanding orches... Read more Read less

76
Great singing

See it if Ambitious yet exploitive woman in history using sex and allure as power. Beautiful singing, dancing, outfits, and staging.

Don't see it if Don’t fully understand the allure of the story/musical. Little confusing and not that plot driven.

Also Diversity: complex, real female protagonist. Maybe 2 dancers were peop... Read more Read less

89
Great staging, Challenging score handled effortlessly, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to see a rising star (Solea Pfieffer) tackle a challenging role and score. She does so effortlessly.

Don't see it if you prefer a grittier version of the show or don't want to see another interpretation of the story

Also This was my first time seeing Evita on stage, so I had no other versio... Read more Read less

77
Great staging, Catchy, Indulgent, Epic, Great singing

See it if you want to see a great staging of a very Lloyd Webber musical. The music is great, catchy, and indelible.

Don't see it if The story is... less obviously wonderful. It's a curious subject for these writers, and it seems strange to turn a life into a hagiography.

90
Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Evita! Evita!

Don't see it if There will never be another LuPone/Patinkin.

77
Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a very female centered Evita.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of ALW or Evita as a show.

62
Quick, Great singing

See it if you want to hear the score sung effortlessly by the leading lady.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the Perons. This production tends to give them too many excuses and tries to justify too many horrible actions.

81
Ambitious, Wonderful music, Beautiful orchestration, Great tango

See it if you can embrace the music & tango & forget you saw Patti La Pone on Broadway. One of Webber's best.

Don't see it if You can't forget Patti La Pone on Broadway.

80
Beautiful staging and singing raise encores revival, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if Beautiful singing and terrific choreography in this ambitious and satisfying encores revival. Great singing by Solea Pfeiffer commandsstage

Don't see it if It is Encores so staging is minimal and Che is a bit miscast but it is a very satisfying revival albeit not slavish recreation of original

70
Confusing, Slow, Great singing

See it if If you are a fan of larger than life musicals and Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice combo, love Evita and want to see any iteration

Don't see it if don't like modern interpretations of classic shows, don't like several characters playing the same part, as there is a dual Evita in this

Also The show has this young Evita who is onstage as a sort of ghost or muc... Read more Read less


November 15th, 2019
"An ‘Evita’ Newly Tailored for Our Time City Center’s gala production of the 1979 Broadway musical gives our favorite fascist enabler a feminist makeover."
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November 18th, 2019
"‘Evita’ is stylish, smart and outstanding"
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November 15th, 2019
"A Fabulous New 'Evita' Comes to New York City Center: Solea Pfeiffer stars in Sammi Cannold's revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice classic."
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November 17th, 2019
"New York City Center Presents 'EVITA' In A Time When News Commentators Outshine Newsmakers"
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