Vibrant Evita cast face drama challenge: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

Juan Peron (Peter Knol) and Evita (Sian Dhu) in Evita.
Juan Peron (Peter Knol) and Evita (Sian Dhu) in Evita.

PRIMADONNA Productions is bringing the musical Evita, the third collaboration by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre next month in a community partnership with the centre.

The musical is based on the life of Eva Peron and chronicles her rise from provincial obscurity through the corridors of power to first lady of the nation as wife of Argentine president, Juan Peron.

Beloved by the masses but hated by the army and the aristocracy, Peron remains to this day a controversial heroine – was she an activist/philanthropist or simply an actress with a lust for power and riches, whose untimely death cemented the legend?

Evita has an eclectic range of musical styles, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.

In 1978, after taking the West End by storm, Evita won the Laurence Olivier Award Best Musical and a year later, became the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical.

A vibrant local cast of more than 40 is led by Sian Dhu in the title role, Laurence Williams as Che and Peter Knol as Juan Peron.

Director Carole Dhu first tried to obtain the rights in 1998 but the show was not available for licensing.

After almost two decades, she can now bring the challenging drama to life.

Evita runs for a short season only with four shows from November 12-14.