The seven-time Tony Award-winning musicalEvitawill close the 2007-08 University Arts Series when the shows national tour comes to the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets remain, but are going fast.

Evitais one of the most popular and compelling collaborations between Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The musical tells the story of Eva Peron, the wife of former Argentine president Juan Peron. Born into poverty, Eva Peron developed into one of the most powerful figures in the history of Argentina. To millions, she was a savior, though to others she was seen as a power-hungry tyrant. Her ideas dominated the Argentine political realm for over 30 years21 of which were after her death.

Evitawas introduced as a concept album in 1976. In 1979, it became the first mega musical to open on Broadway and broke box office sales records.

Evitalater became the first Broadway show to be successfully produced in every major city in the world. Its songs, includingOh, What a Circus,High Flying Adored,You Must Love MeandDont Cry For Me Argentina,were recorded globally.

The musicals popularity spiked again in 1996 when Alan Parker transformed the story into a film. The movie, which starred Madonna and Antonio Banderas, went on to receive five Oscar nominations, winning the award for Best Original Song. It also won three Golden Globes, including Best Picture.

Dont miss the show that hailed as atheatrical eventwhen it appears in Morgantown for one night only. The production will incorporate the staging of Tony Award-winning producer/director Harold Prince.

Tickets are $38, $40 and $45, depending on seat location, and may be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at by phone at 304-292-0220. Ticketscanalso be purchased at Giant Eagle below the Mountaineer Mall and FYE in the Meadowbrook Mall. WVU students can purchase tickets for $25 with a valid Mountaineer Card at the campus box offices.

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