Whether you’re only familiar with the Madonna-starred movie version, or you’ve actually caught the bonafide Broadway production, pretty much anyone is familiar with the iconic scene where Eva Perón, wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, takes to the balcony to belt out “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”
It’s one of the more enduring, memorable numbers of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, although some would argue that “On this Night of a Thousand Stars” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” are also indelible.
If you haven’t managed to catch the entire production ever, or if you’d just like to see it again, you have an excellent opportunity September 20 through 22 at Dallas’ Majestic Theatre as Lyric Stage opens its 2019-2020 season — The Wonder Women of Season 27.
The season kicks off by telling the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, from her childhood in the provincial town of Junín to her courtship and marriage to the man who would become the most powerful person in the country and her life as his wife.
But all this Evita talk got us thinking — where can you find a good balcony to reinact your own Eva Perón moment? We found 10 in varying price points around Dallas, perfect for belting out “The truth is I neeeeeeeeeeeever left you …”
(Hint: Scroll down to the bottom of the story and hit play on our special “Evita” playlist to really get yourself in the mood.)
The show features an entirely local company, lead by Catherine Carpenter-Cox as Eva Perón. It also features collegiate theatre artists from Theatre TCU and Dallas-Fort Worth high school students that were featured in Lyric Stage’s 2019 Schmidt & Jones Awards.
“Last year, when putting together the 2019/2020 season, I knew I wanted ‘Evita’ to be a part of ‘The Wonder Women of Season 27’ but only if Catherine would reprise her role as Eva. ‘Evita’ in our 13th season was Catherine’s first full production with Lyric Stage, and I’m so glad she agreed to revisit this role and headline this production for the opening of our 27th season,” said Lyric Stage founding producer Steven Jones.
Rounding out the cast will be Hector Garcia as Juan Perón; Brandon Wilhelm as Che, the narrator; JT Snyder as Magaldi; Anna Grace Woodard as Perón’s mistress; and an ensemble cast that includes Abi Abel; Grace Bradbury (Booker T. Washington, 2019 Schmidt & Jones Awards Best Actress Nominee); Sarah Caldwell; Kristin Cox; Jeremy Davis; Christopher J. Deaton; Damian Gomez; Jacob Hemsath; Osmar Y. Martinez; Jonathan McInnis; Canali Miller (Theatre TCU); Ryan Nuss; Melinette Pallares; Bailey Poe; Brett Rawlings (Theatre TCU); Tasia Jewel Robinson (Theatre TCU); Katie Sperry; Carlos Strudwick; Caleb Summers; Jordi Viscarri; James Williams; and Xavier Williams (Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, 2019 Schmidt & Jones Awards Best Ensemble). Patrick Bilbow, Emma Grace Freeman, Sophie Rose Kirkham, Jessie Prince, Patrick Shukis, and Summer Stern will round out the cast as the youth ensemble.