Thursday, April 19, 2012
This North Coast Weekend
Just weeks after the 1979 hit musical Evita officially returns to Broadway, it opens at Ferndale Repertory Theatre, which is a lot closer. It begins there April 20, starring Elena Tessler as Eva Peron, Jaison Chand as Juan Peron and Steve Nobles as Che. Directed by Ferndale Rep Executive Director Ginger Gene, it’s the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical about the rise of Eva Peron to become the idolized wife of the dictator of Peru, and what her ascension suggests about the interaction of celebrity and power. The cast of 35 also features Craig Waldvogel and Jessie Shieman. Dianne Zuleger is musical director and Linda Maxwell the choreographer. Dan Stockwell is scenic designer, Lydia Foreman designed costumes, Greta Stockwell the lighting. It plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 13. (707) 786-5483. www.ferndale-rep.org.
Correction: Evita Peron was the wife of the dictator of Argentina, not Peru. Which is why the song isn't, don't cry for me, Peru. I think my general attitude about this musical has been found out. And a note to commenters: these comments are screened and so the fact that a comment doesn't appear immediately doesn't mean it wasn't received.