WELCOME TO BUENOS AIRES! ASOLO REP’S EVITA OPENS THIS WEEKEND

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EVITA
Lyrics by TIM RICE
Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER  
Directed and Choreographed by JOSH RHODES
November 18-December 30
Preview November 17

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is iconic, winning more than 20 major awards including the Olivier and Tony® Awards for Best Musical, a Golden Globe® and an Oscar® for the film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The musical charts Eva Perón’s rags-to-riches rise from fatherless child, to ambitious actress, to the powerful and controversial First Lady of Argentina when she married military leader-turned-president Juan Perón at age 27.

Set in Argentina’s capital city Buenos Aires between 1934 and 1952, Evita features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most passionate songs including ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, and ‘Buenos Aires.’ The musical received international attention when it was first staged on London’s West End in 1978 and made the move to Broadway in 1979. We are thrilled to bring this “modern masterpiece” ( New York Post) to Asolo Rep in a stunning new staging.

Evita tickets are in very high demand and several early performances are sold out. We urge you to get your tickets NOW before they’re gone.

For Evita tickets, click here.

“I was riveted by Evita! The entire cast was phenomenal. The music, the scenery, the voices, the choreography! This moved me and I was filled with emotion. The actress that played Evita, brought me to tears on many occasions. I was so drawn in. Simply amazing! Do not miss this performance! Bravo! I want to see it again. Once wasn’t enough!”

– Asolo Rep Facebook Review


MEET THE CAST!

With a cast of 29 and 12-piece orchestra, Evita is one of the largest musical ever produced at Asolo Rep. We are pleased to introduce you to these three actors who portray the lead characters:

       Nick Duckart                                            Ana Isabelle                                     Justin Gregory Lopez

Nick Duckart  plays the power-hungry but charming Juan Perón. Originally from Miami, Nick is an actor, singer, and voiceover artist splitting his time between Miami and New York City. Nick has performed in regional theatre across the U.S. including Actors’ Playhouse, New York Music Theatre Festival, Gulfshore Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Florida Stage, and more, and has also appeared on network television and national commercials. Nick is a two-time Carbonell Award winner, a silver Palm winner, and Silver Knight Award winner.

Appearing as Eva Perón is the exquisite Ana Isabelle, a Puerto Rican actress, singer/songwriter and professional dancer who won Univision’s Viva el Sueno with over 30 million votes and was hailed as “An Artist to Watch” by Billboard magazine. Ana has released three successful albums, is appearing in several upcoming films, has sung duets with Placido Domingo and Jose Feliciano, and performed to sold-out audiences throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S., including Carnegie Hall.

Justin Gregory Lopez, who portrays the magnetic Che, was named “a marvelous find” –by the Seattle Times following his performance in Paint Your Wagon at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin has been featured in TV and film and has starred in regional stage productions all over the U.S. He’s also a vocalist for one of NYC’s premiere party bands (Atomic Funk Project) and regular performs at the popular Manhattan night club, Brandy’s Piano Bar.



Watch the ABC 7 feature below to learn more about the production!



Arrive early to get THE SCOOP!

Arrive one hour prior to curtain to hear from actor Victor Souffrant (Agustín Magaldi) about the ideas that inspired Asolo Rep’s dazzling production of Evita. THE SCOOP is presented one hour before every performance in Asolo Repertory Theatre’s season (excluding opening nights).

We hope to see you there!


Evita Family Day

Limited availability, call the box office today!
Use Promo Code EVFamily
Sunday, December 3
Pre-show activities begin at 1:00pm
Matinee performance at 2pm

Time travel to Eva’s Argentina and explore the music and magic that brings Evita to life. Family Day events fill the Asolo Rep lobby with special pre-show activities and include the opportunity to meet some of the artists after the performance. Theatre-loving families make memories together at Asolo Rep! Evita is recommended for ages 10+.

By using the promo code EVFAMILY, Family Day ticket prices start at $15 per ticket, as long as at least one person in the party is 18 or younger. Family Day tickets are available through the box office only by calling 941-351-8000 or 800-361-8388, or in person at the FSU Center for Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, next to the Ringling Museum. Family Day Packages are not available online. Tickets are limited, so call now!


EVITA IllumiNation
Wednesday, December 6
6:30pm reception on the Mezzanine level of the theatre
7:30pm performance in the Mertz Theatre
Post-show community conversation on the Mezzanine level of the theatre

IllumiNation is Asolo Rep’s series promoting cross-cultural conversations in the community. Held during select Wednesday and Saturday performances throughout the 2017-18 season, IllumiNation events begin one hour prior to curtain with a reception on the mezzanine, continue with the performance, and conclude with a free and open-to-the-public moderated panel discussion where audience members can further explore the topical and social issues that they have just seen played out on stage. Five-play and three-play ticket packages are available for the series.

The first event of the season kicks off on December 6 at 6:30pm with Evita  and features pre-show tango lessons and dancing, and Argentinean light bites. The 7:30pm performance features Spanish supertitles. Following the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss on the topical and social issues in Evita in a community conversation facilitated by Maria Schaedler-Luera. Maria Schaedler-Luera is the Program Manager for Arts Integration with Any Given Child Sarasota at the Sarasota County Schools and the Managing Director of Atomica Arts. She is a Brazilian-born educator administrator, and performing artist with extensive work experience and knowledge in theater, music, arts and literacy, cross-cultural engagement, ESOL, interpreting, and immigrant communities. Unidos Now students will be available to translate as needed.

IllumiNation Package Prices:

5 Play Package
Section A: $320 ($64 per ticket)
Section B: $245 ($49 per ticket)
Section C: $150 ($30 per ticket)
Section D: $100 ($20 per ticket)

3 Play Package 
Section A: $195 ($65 per ticket)
Section B: $150 ($50 per ticket)
Section C: $90 ($30 per ticket)
Section D: $63 ($21 per ticket)

The pre-performance reception is free for series ticket package holders and $10 for ticket holders to that evening’s performance. Asolo Rep subscribers are welcome to change their performance dates to the IllumiNation Series dates and pay the additional $10 fee for the pre-show reception. The post-performance discussion is free and open to all.

The IllumiNation series is sponsored by Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering and Observer Media Group, Inc.




Asolo Rep to Host Special One-Night-Only Screening of the Academy Award®-winning Film Shakespeare in Love on Monday, December 4

In celebration of its upcoming production of the stunning new stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, Asolo Rep will host a special one-night-only screening of the original Academy Award-winning romantic comedy in the Mertz Theatre on Monday, December 4 at 6:30pm. Abounding with wit and charm, Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s sweeping film stars Gwyneth Paltrow, who garnered an Oscar for the role of Viola, Joseph Fiennes, and Dame Judi Dench. Shakespeare in Love presents an imagined tale of Will Shakespeare, his greatest muse, and the extraordinary romance that inspired one of the world’s most enduring love stories.

Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions and adapted by Lee Hall, Asolo Rep’s stage production of Shakespeare in Love runs January 10-March 28.

Tickets are $5 and seating is reserved.

Purchase Shakespeare in Love movie screening tickets here. Shakespeare in Love is 2 hours and 3 minutes and rated R (for sexuality/nudity).


Final Public Performances of Julius Caesar

The FSU/Asolo Repertory Theatre tour of Julius Caesar is in its final two weeks of bringing live Shakespeare to schools, colleges, and community venues all around our area, reaching as far as Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Miami. Thousands of students have welcomed our touring company during their school day, but this week the tour includes two chances for the whole family and friends to attend public performances together. Each performance lasts an hour, including a post-show question and answer period with the artists.

November 17 at 8pm
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota
tickets at: 941.545.5635; www.fogartyville.org

November 19
3pm entry, 3:30pm performance
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast at Bay Preserve
400 Palmetto Ave, Osprey
Reservations required: 941.918.2100; www.conservationfoundation.com

FINAL WEEKEND
FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training presents:
OEDIPUS
By Sophocles
Directed by Greg Leaming
Now Playing through November 19

“…brilliantly conceived, masterfully written and timelessly universal…  For its 80 minutes in length (there is no intermission), I was never less than gripped by the story and engaged by the players.”

– Carrie Seidman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory opens its season with Sophocles’ Oedipus, considered one of the greatest plays ever written and, thanks to Sigmund Freud, one of the most widely known in the modern world. Part murder mystery, part political thriller and part psychological whodunit, Sophocles’ Oedipus is the story of one very flawed hero discovering the awful burden of power.

For tickets to Oedipus, click here.

 

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