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Miller welcomes seven-time Tony winner "Evita"

Dec. 13, 2007

KALAMAZOO--"Evita," a legendary musical about the woman who captivated a nation, visits Western Michigan University's Miller Auditorium for three shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 22-24.

Winner of seven Tony Awards, "Evita" brings to life the dynamic persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. Blessed with charisma larger than life, she captivated a nation by championing the working class. From her illegitimate birth into poverty to her status as South America's most powerful woman, "Evita" tells a story of glamour, power and greed.

"Evita" became the first Broadway show to be reproduced successfully in every major city in the world, including in the Philippines, where it had been banned under the Marcos regime because of the uncomfortable parallels to Imelda Marcos. The musical also became the first since the Rodgers & Hammerstein era to burst onto the international pop scene. Four of the show's songs were recorded globally and the Broadway album won a 1981 Grammy.

The compelling production creates a gripping theatrical experience and features a Latin, pop and jazz-influenced score composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. One of the most well-known collaborations between Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, it features the memorable "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina."

Tickets for "Evita" at Miller Auditorium are on sale now and range from $25 to $50. They are available by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858, online at millerauditorium.com, or by visiting the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups of 20 or more should call (269) 387-2312 for special discounts.

Media contact: Tracey Lawie (269) 387-2309, tracey.lawie@wmich.edu

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