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LSOM student Emma Ryan has landed a chorus role in the Irish Youth Musical Theatre and National Symphony Orchestra production of Evita, starring Rebecca Storm.

The hit musical follows the life of Argentinian political leader Eva Peron and includes the musical number ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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Almost thirty years on from her West End success in the title role, the ‘First Lady of Irish Musical Theatre’ Rebecca Storm will return as Evita.

LSOM student Emma Ryan has landed a chorus part in the Irish Youth Musical Theatre’s and the National Symphony Orchestra’s production of Evita, starring Rebecca Storm. The show will take place at The National Concert Hall on Friday, July 1.

Emma Ryan is a talented young singer enrolled in Limerick School of Music. In March 2020, she was highly commended in the Drennan Cup for singing at Feile Lumnigh. In 2018, Emma made it as far as Round 3 in the heats for Junior Eurovision, singing her own Irish language song, ‘Aisling Mo Chroi’. 

With music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Evita focuses on the life of Argentinean political leader and former first lady Eva Perón, nicknamed ‘Evita’. Evita was once hailed as the spiritual leader of Argentina and the musical follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work and death.

Beginning as a rock opera concept in 1976, the musical led to productions in London’s West End in 1978, winning the Laurence Oliver Award for Best Music and was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Evita features a chart-topping musical score, including songs such as ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,’ ‘Oh What a Circus,’ ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and the Oscar-Winning ‘You Must Love Me.’

The Irish Youth Musical Theatre version of the hit show will be led by the West End creative team of conductor John Rigby and Donegal-born Artistic Director of Irish Youth Musical and fast-rising director in the London Theatre scene, Séimí Campbell.

Almost thirty years on from her West End success in the title role, the ‘First Lady of Irish Musical Theatre’ Rebecca Storm will return as Evita, sharing the role by special agreement from Andrew Lloyd Webber with three other young actors in training.

The three actors were cast by Irish Youth Musical Theatre as part of a nationwide casting call to young actors aged 14 to 24 years from both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Limerick School of Music shared their delight for Emma online, saying, “Huge congratulations to LSOM singing student Emma Ryan, who has gotten a part in the Irish Youth Musical Theatre and National Symphony Orchestra production of Evita in The National Concert Hall in July! Well done, Emma.”

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