Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society star Irene Malone will play the demanding lead role of Evita in the Tony Award winning musical of the same name that opens at the Strand Theatre in a month’s time.
Ms Malone, who has been a leading lady in many previous Musical Society productions, will perform alongside a strong supporting cast of experienced performing artists.
Dermot Keyes takes on the role of Evita’s husband Peron while Ray Nolan will be the narrator Ché. Matthew William is Magaldi and Mim Lane plays The Mistress.
The show, composed and written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, boasts a cast of more than 60 performers with the youngest just six years of age.
Rehearsals are in full swing for the musical that opens at the Strand Theatre on Saturday, March 1 and runs until March 8.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 10.
“The cast are pouring their hearts into this magnificent show and are actually learning Latin for some of the songs,” said Musical Society PRO Caolan Deehy-Power.
Evita, which is best known for the song “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, is based on the life of Eva Duarte.
She was an actress in Argentina in the 1930s, who rose to become the most influential person in the troubled South American country by helping her husband Colonel Juan Peron to become president.
During her time as First Lady, Eva/Evita was loved by the people more than her husband but hated by the army and upper class. But her charitable work was shrouded in controversy.
She set up a foundation for the poor, which was believed to be a cover for her money laundering. She died from cancer at the young age of 33.
This tale of power, hunger and corruption is told by the narrator through amazing songs such as “The Money Keeps Rolling in” and “A New Argentina”.