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North Central stages “Evita,” the political, rocking musical about Argentine’s Eva Perón

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Andrea Larson-Musselman as Evita
Andrea Larson-Musselman as Evita

Actors from the community will perform in North Central College’s Summer Musical Theatre, featuring the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical “Evita” in June and features actors from the community.

Six performances will be staged at 7:30 p.m. June 20-21 and 27-28 and at 2 p.m. June 22 and 29 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $18/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

“Evita,” which began as a rock opera concept album in 1976, follows the life of controversial Argentine political leader Eva Perón, wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. “Evita” begins with the character’s tragic death and then traces the trail of affairs, blackmail, and political and social drama that led to the character’s untimely end.

Brian Lynch, North Central’s fine arts director and veteran of Broadway touring productions, is the show’s director and choreographer. Ali Kordelewski, a 2012 North Central graduate with degrees in choral and instrumental music education, gives musical direction.

“I’ve always loved ‘Evita’ since I performed in it as both Magaldi and Che at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse,” says Lynch. “I feel it’s one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s finest works.”

“Evita,” he says, takes a very special leading lady to make the part work. Alaina Wis and Andrea Larson-Musselman are double cast in the role and will follow the lead of the original Eva Perón, played by Patti LuPone, who will appear in concert at North Central next April 24.

“Both Alaina and Andrea, an alum of North Central, are very talented and have the necessary vocal pyrotechnics to bring this score to life,” says Lynch. “And when you add two more of our alumni, Keith Carlson as Juan Peron and Dave Musselman as Che Gueverra, we have a stellar cast that will blow the roof off Pfeiffer Hall.”   

The cast for “Evita” features nearly 100 community residents as dancers, Argentine people, soldiers and these principal roles (some are double cast):

Eva Perón: Alaina Wis of Naperville and Andrea Larson-Musselman of Naperville, a 2010 graduate of North Central
Che Guevara: David Musselman (photo, left) of Naperville, a 2012 graduate of North Central
Juan Perón: Keith Carlson of Naperville, a 1995 graduate of North Central
Perón’s Mistress: Alex Oechsel and Taylor Oechsel of Naperville
Magaldi: Derek Bacon of Osceola, Ind., a 2014 graduate of North Central
Eva’s Brother: Sean Lynch of Warrenville, a North Central senior
Eva’s Family: Kathy Musselman of Woodridge, a 2006 graduate of North Central; Amanda Strolia of Woodridge, a North Central senior; Katie Paulsen of Wheaton; Jane Warfel of Naperville
Business Man: Abram Vences of Berwyn, a North Central senior
Radio Man: Eric Kopicki of Burr Ridge
Lovers: Chris Oechsel of Naperville, George Peck of Naperville, Sean Lynch of Warrenville

“Evita” is the one of three musicals this summer at North Central College. The Summer Light Opera directed by Matt Boresi presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” and “The Sorcerer” July 11-13 and 17-19. The final musical of the summer is “Bye Bye Birdie,” directed by Susan Craig-Olsen and presented Aug. 1-3 and 8-10.