New cast members' understanding of their characters, a director's individual concept and approach or even who's attending can make a big difference in how audience members feel about characters or the play's outcome.
It's particularly true of the national touring production of "Evita" that Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera is presenting
"The show is always different, depending on where we are in our emotional state that day," Bowman says.
This production has new orchestrations by
Set between 1934 and 1952 in
Even today, historians, political junkies, the people of
"Millions loved her, and millions hated her," Bowman says.
That longstanding ambivalence gives Bowman and Young leeway to approach "Evita" differently and experiment with variations on their characters and intentions during performances.
"Carolyn is a great actress. Sometimes, when she's singing 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina,' I'm not sure ... is Eva (sincere) or just an actress. I don't know," Young says. "Because of the nature of the roles, we have permission to do whatever we want if it supports the story. There are a lot of improvisational changes depending on what happened in my day or with Eva."
Typically, actors hired to perform national touring roles are expected to follow those created for the
Young and Bowman did extensive research on
"There is no
"My goal is to get people to love her. You have to create a character that's the same as Webber and Rice saw her but be able to relate to her not as a fascist," Bowman says. Whether you approve of Evita's motives or actions, Bowman believes you can still admire her ability to fulfill her ambitions.
"She got what she wanted. She seduced the nation. Whether her actions were honorable -- there are things in her life I wouldn't have approached the same way -- you have to admire her strength, determination and ambition," Bowman says. "I want people to feel for her as I have, to know the life she lived and pick and choose what works for her."
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