What a fine time for a good look at the mythologies of power. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978 musical “Evita” follows the life and death of actress Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina from 1946–1952, a near-saint to her constituents and an icon in a world obsessed with rags-to-riches narratives. She died at 33, with her profound political influence among the poor of her country inseparable from her carefully-tended celebrity status. Patti LuPone immortalized her on Broadway, Madonna on film. With Karlena Riggs and John Orsulak as the Peróns and Sean Patrick Rooney as the narrator, Che, Theatre Tulsa tries Evita’s story on for size under the direction of The University of Tulsa’s Machele Miller Dill as part of a season of classic musicals. The first British musical ever to win a Tony Award, it’s an epic show in true Webber style, featuring the anthemic “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” “You Must Love Me,” and some useful meditations on the complex relationship between fame and public service.
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