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Evita - A Brief History of the Award-Winning Musical

Terry Chucas

An experienced attorney focused on dependency court appeals, Terry Chucas has been practicing law in San Diego for nearly 30 years. Outside of his practice, Terry Chucas enjoys activities such as reading, traveling, and attending the theater. He lists Evita among his all-time favorite musicals.

Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Evita made its Broadway debut on September 25, 1979, and ran for a total of 1,567 performances over the course of roughly four years. The original production starred Patti LuPone as the title character, Eva Peron, and Mandy Patinkin as Che Guevara.
Despite receiving mixed critical reviews, the musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. In addition to winning the Tony for Best Musical, the production collected Tonys for Best Score, Best Book, and Best Direction. LuPone and Patinkin also took home Tony Awards for their performances in the show.
Since the original Broadway production, Evita has been performed in theaters worldwide. A 1996 film version starring Madonna introduced the story to a new audience. A Broadway revival of the musical took place in 2012 in a production co-starring Ricky Martin as Che.

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