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Hal Prince to reunite with Larry Fuller on new production of celebrated musical Evita.
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Renowned Director/Producer Hal Prince will once again be joining forces with Choreographer Larry Fuller to recreate the TONY award winning Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita. Managing the entire creative process including casting, rehearsals, and set design, Mr. Prince has a personal love for this legendary piece of musical theatre. Mr. Prince directed the premiere productions of She Loves Me, Cabaret, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera, Parade and many more.

The recipient of 20 Tony Awards in a career that stretches over half a century, Mr. Prince’s first Tony Award winning musical was The Pajama Game, earning ‘Best Musical’ in 1954. Winner of seven Tony Awards including ‘Best Direction’ and a nomination to Mr. Fuller for best choreography, Evita brings to life the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Juan Peron. Blessed with charisma, Eva captivated a nation by championing the working class. This epic story of the rise and fall of Eva Peron is told in a sweeping pop opera, featuring one of the Broadway stage’s most dynamic and lush melodies, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

Besides his work in the theatre, Mr. Prince has served as a trustee for the New York Public Library and on the National Council of the Arts of the NEA. Recipient of a National Medal of Arts for the year 2000 from President Clinton for a career spanning more than 40 years, in which “he changed the nature of the American musical”, he was a 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree.

Opening on Broadway in 1979, Evita not only set records for the largest box office advance on Broadway, but went on to win numerous theatre awards that year. Collaborators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice began working on Evitain 1974. The first original staging took place in 1978, at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Hal Prince took the helm directing the London and subsequent Broadway productions, winning the 1980 Tony for ‘Best Direction of a Musical’. Evita instantly became a global phenomenon. It was also the first Broadway show to be reproduced successfully in every major city in the world. Directing this touring production in collaboration with Mr. Prince will be Larry Fuller.

In addition to his 1980 TONY nomination for Best Choreography, Mr. Fuller’s other credits include Sweeney Todd, On the Twentieth Century and Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Mr. Fuller has twice staged and choreographed both the TONY and EMMY Awards.

Both Mr. Fuller and Mr. Prince are very excited to once again be bringing their revolutionary staging of Evita to audiences throughout America.

Posted on: 30th September 2004

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