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February 13, 2008

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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UT Tyler Presents Broadway Musical Evita


Seven-time Tony-award winning Broadway musical “Evita” will be the next performance at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

Sponsored by Citizens Bank, “Evita” will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.

Media sponsors are Gap Broadcasting and KETK 56.

Tickets are $66, $56, $46, $41 and $26 and are available at the UT Tyler Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the box office, call 903.566.7424.

“We feature one Broadway favorite almost every year in the Performing Arts Series, and this year it’s the popular story of the legendary Eva Peron. It’s one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpieces. I’m so glad our audience has the opportunity to share in the magic of this theatrical experience,” said Thomae-Morphew.

“Evita” tells the story of Eva Peron, an Argentine girl who charmed and scratched her way up to become the wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron.

The musical brings to life this dynamic, larger-than-life persona, beginning with the young ambitious Eva and following her methodic rise to sainthood in her homeland. The story tells of the enormous wealth and power she gained and the means by which she became the beloved Evita, according to Thomae-Morphew.

“This energetic production creates a fascinating experience and features Webber's compelling Latin, pop and jazz influenced score,” she added.

“Evita” is one of the most popular collaborations between Webber and Tim Rice and features the memorable song “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

The stage production opened in June 1978 at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.

Following performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco, “Evita” premiered on Broadway in September 1979. The production ran for an incredible 1,567 performances.

“Evita” earned seven Tony Awards including best book, best score and best musical of the year.
In 1981, the “Evita” cast recording was awarded a Grammy Award.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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