Lyrics byTim Rice
Music bySir Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed bySam Woodhouse
Musical Staging byJavier Velasco
In Association withSan Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts
Showing:August 3 - August 27, 2017
About the Show
"EVITA is marvelous!" -The London Times
"There has never been a musical as dramatically exciting as EVITA." -Time Out New York
"A big, fat, high-octane blockbuster." -New York Post
Eva Perón’s ambition and charisma made her a starlet at 22, the President’s mistress at 24, First Lady Eva at 27 and dead at 33. Saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military, she left a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world. Eva’s unforgettable story is told in one of the most celebrated musicals of all time. With more than 20 major awards to its credit, EVITA features a Latin rock/jazz/pop score with some of the most beloved songs in musical theatre history, including “On this Night of a Thousand Stars,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.”
“EVITA is more than a musical masterpiece. The story is amazingly relevant today - a true story about a charismatic personality with no governing experience who rides ambition, opportunity and a wave of populism to political triumph and power.”
-Sam Woodhouse, Director/ Artistic Director
EVITA is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals and Two Knights Rights Limited. www.rnh.com.
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber (Music) and Sir Tim Rice (Lyrics)
The legendary songwriting team of such favorites as Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Marisa Matthews as "Eva Perón"
Marisa is a graduate of The American Conservatory Theatre. International Theatre: Velma Kelly, Chicago at Prima Del Teatro in San Miñato Italy. Regional Theatre: Polly Peachum, The Threepenny Opera; Eternal Anaïs, Anaïs: a Dance Opera; Cecily Cardew, The Importance of Being Earnest; The Little Match Girl, Striking 12; Ghost of Christmas Past, A Christmas Carol; among others. Marisa is currently playing Anna in the all new musical, Frozen: Live at the Hyperion. Endless love to my supportive family, warrior of an agent, Anthony Boyer at DDO and to my Michael. Follow me: IG @marisarachell / marisamatthews.com
Jason Maddy as "Juan Perón"
San Diego Theatre: San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, North Coast Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Ion Theatre Company, Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theater, Intrepid Theatre Company, Coronado Playhouse, and Lamb’s Players Theatre. Regional Credits: The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Favorite Roles: Father in Violet, Ken in RED, Louis in Angels in America. Jason holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign. He is currently the head of the Theatre program at Valhalla High School.
Jeffrey Ricca as "Che"
Jeffrey has headlined at multiple resorts and casinos, even aboard luxury cruise lines around the world. He starred in the Broadway national tours of South Pacific (Lt. Cable) and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel/Perchik swing). Jeff also had the privilege of musical directing and conducting the Inland Empire premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock in Riverside and San Bernardino. Favorite credits include (The Phantom) of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Chicago (Billy Flynn), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Evita (Che), Camelot (Lancelot) and West Side Story (Tony). Special thanks to San Diego REP as well as friends, family and every single patron supporting live theater. www.jeffreyricca.com