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In this stunning musical, Eva Duarte rises from poverty to marry Juan Peron and become the 1st Lady of Argentina. Eva Peron remains one of the most complex female political figures of the last century. She was adored by millions but hated by many. She was a fashionista who championed women’s rights. She was benevolent and loving to her people and country while at the same time profiting outlandishly from her position. And despite her drive and resolve, Evita is stricken by cancer, even as she continues to pursue election as Vice President, the highest public office any woman could have dreamed of holding at that time. She tragically succumbs to her illness and dies at the age of 33.
Set largely in post-war Buenos Aires (the Paris of South America), Webber and Rice capture the flavour and feel of a vibrant and amazing culture in an evolving (read sometimes dangerous) political climate.