Hit Musical ‘Evita’ Brings Eva Perón’s Life Story to River Campus

“Evita,” the hit musical based on the life of Eva Perón, comes to Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus as a part of the 2018-2019 Bank of Missouri Touring Series at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.


The Broadway musical tells the life story of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón, and a political leader in her own right. The musical follows her early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death.

“The strength of this amazing play lies in the telling of Eva Peron’s story and an amazing musical score, including ‘Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,’” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media. “It is a classic Broadway musical, and one not to miss.”

Beginning with successful productions in London’s West End in 1978, earning it the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical, “Evita” opened on Broadway in September 1979, when it was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical.

It had a Broadway revival in 2012-2013 and numerous professional tours, as well as a major 1996 film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at

Patrons are invited to begin the evening with Art Cuisine in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center. Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. with a choice of entrée offered. Reservations are required and must be made by Friday, March 15. To make reservations, call Chartwells at (573) 651-2511. More information, registration and menu information will be provided with ticket orders.

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