Circle Theatre is starting off the Main Stage season this May, 2015 with the musical EVITA, running May 7 through 23. This dynamic musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice is Argentina's is the controversial story of First Lady, Eva Peron. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, First Lady at twenty-seven, and dead at thirty-three. Eva Peron 'saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military' was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, EVITA creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

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In conjunction with Circle’s production of EVITA, a replica of Eva Peron's gown (worn in the upcoming production), will tour downtown Grand Rapids with stops at Modern Day Floral in the Amway Grand Plaza. The Grand Rapids Public Museum, The Grand Rapids Public Library, and The Grand Rapids Art Museum. This gown is up for auction between April 9 and May 22. For more information or to place a bid, click on the following link:

Proceeds will benefit Circle Theatre.

Jolene Frankey as Eva Peron/Circle Theatre

The cast of Evita features Jolene Frankey as Eva Peron, Derek Call as Che, Todd Lewis as Juan Peron, Maris Wimmer as Peron’s Mistress and Jason Morrison as Magaldi.

Performances will be held at the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center. Performances are May 7 through 23. Curtain for performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30PM. Sunday performances begin at 5:00PM. Tickets are $27 and can be purchased by calling the Circle Theatre box office at 616.456.6656 or online at The box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5:00PM and from 3:00PM to curtain on days of performances.