DIRECTOR'S TAKE: Matt McNabb Talks "Evita"

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Director Matt McNabb

Director Matt McNabb

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s portrayal of Eva and Juan Perón is a captivating balance of thrilling highs and devastating lows. This intersection of celebrity and politics is a captivating one. Eva was ambitious, successful, and well-intended. She genuinely cared for her descamisados, but her care and success was marred by corruption, propaganda, and censorship. As Ché contends throughout the show, the Peróns are defined by failed leadership.

Look closely at both Eva and Ché’s disparate final words to the people of Argentina:

The choice was mine and no one else’s.
I could burn with the splendor of the brightest fire,
I saw the lights, and I was on my way.
And how I lived, how they shone.
I could have the millions at my feet,
Give my life to people I might never meet.
Oh, my daughter, oh, my son,
Understand what I have done.
— Eva Perón
The choice was yours and no one else’s.
You can cry for a body in despair,
Hang your head because she is no longer there,
To shine, to dazzle, to betray.
Or else, you could be grateful,
Once the flash and the fantasy are cold,
That her stars did not allow her to grow old.
That I, I will tell you what to say.
— Ché

Who’s right? Our sincere hope is that today’s performance sparks a conversation with the person sitting next to you when you come see the show. And you really don’t want to miss this one!

Watch our Director’s Take video to find out what more Matt McNabb and Scenic and Lighting Designer Chad Van Kekerix had to say about the show!