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Territory talent shines on the Darwin Entertainment Centre stage, as a huge ensemble cast of 70 take on one of the world’s most celebrated and recognised musicals, Evita.

By Tierney Seccull

Look, we've all done it. We’ve all belted out that song line made famous by Madonna in the 1996 film version of Evita. But if you’re keen to hear ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ sung [well] outside of your own shower, then this epic show is for you.

Originally penned by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Evita is a tale about Argentine political leader Eva Perón, wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. It follows her early struggles, and how she overcame adversity to create a brighter future for herself.

Known fondly by her nickname, Evita, she went on to become one of the most celebrated political figures in South America, due largely to her support of the bourgeoisie and the establishment of the nation's first large-scale female political party.

Presented by Superstar Productions, this two-show-run is pegged to be one of the largest musical events in the Top End, one Alice Springs-based Director Steve Kidd says the 100-strong cast and crew are up for.

“I love doing these productions on an epic scale. The opportunity to be in a big theatre on a big stage, we’re really going to go for it. It’s going to be visually opulent and quite a spectacular staging of it,” he says.

“And it’s all-local … which is always a thrill, as I try to keep things as Territory as I possibly can. It’s us as Territorians putting our own stamp on a tried and true product, and we’re definitely doing our own version of it.”

Musical Director Nora Lewis AM and Choreographer Rochelle Cabry join Kidd in leading the experienced 

cast of actors and musicians, this combination of expertise manifesting into a polished, professional presentation that is sure to wow audiences.

“The music’s fantastic, the story’s fascinating. The way we’ve staged it – I really think the audience is going to get caught up in the journey of Eva,” Kidd says.

“They’ll go along on that journey and be really engaged with, not only the singing, but also the choreography. I think audiences will be … expecting something pretty spectacular, and I really think we’ll deliver that.”

WHEN FRI 14 & SAT 15 JUL | 7.30PM
COST $75 | $72 MEMB $35 CHILD U15

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