September 30, 2010.By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune. “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” has a new ring. And it sounds something like ka-ching.
Director Peter Rothstein’s production of “Evita” for Theater Latté Da has been extended even before opening. This Twin Cities revival of the show by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber has added two weeks of performances to its run at the Ordway Center’s McKnight Theatre.
It opens Saturday and will now close Nov. 14.
“We had only 15 percent inventory left and that was before opening,” said Latté Da managing director Kim Motes. “The response has been amazing. I think that people know that Latté Da and Peter will bring out the soul of the piece.”
“Evita” opened on Broadway in 1979. It made a star of Patti LuPone, who won a Tony in 1980 for playing ambitious Argentine first lady Eva Perón. The Latté Da production is set in a tango nightclub and stars Zoe Pappas as Eva. It is choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell, who has infused the show with tango throughout.
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