Caroline Bowman plays the iconic Eva Peron in the national touring production of Evita, opening Jan. 15 at the Buell Theatre. Photo by Richard Termine.
The road to Evita was paved with patience, politics, perseverance … and a good deal of pure imagination.
By Sylvie Drake
Of the musicals they created together, the collaboration of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has fashioned some highly enduring, money-making shows. Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita shine undiminished among them.
Almost everyone thinks of Evita, opening Jan. 15 in The Buell Theatre, as chiefly Lloyd Webber’s creation, but in fact it was Rice who brought the kernel of the idea to his colleague — and Lloyd Webber who rejected it.
A few tips for Monty Python novices and wannabes.
Remember the first time you tried liver? Or asparagus? OK, bad examples. But just like you didn’t have to be Jewish to eat Arnold’s Jewish Rye, you don’t have to be a stuffy, upper-class twit or even a drunken rugby fan to enjoy Spamalot.
“Taste is the enemy of art altogether. I’ve thought about this a lot. People with good taste are constantly worrying about what other people will think. Don’t put that couch over there! It’s the wrong thing to be thinking about because it squashes expression. Of life and vitality of all kinds, and sex – all the funny things!” —Spamalot director, Mike Nichols, New York Magazine