Good Theater’s Artistic Director, Brian P. Allen draws inspiration from the classic Merv Griffin Show as he, and his guest, Theatre World Award winner, Florence Lacey, reminisce, gossip and share stories of her illustrious career. Ms. Lacey holds the world record for the most performances of Eva Peron in EVITA having played the role on Broadway, national tour & several international tours. She has also starred in the Broadway productions of The Grand Tour, Hello Dolly, Les Miserables and the recent Tony nominated revival of Follies. An event to remember!
Musical direction by Victoria Stubbs
An Evening with Florence Lacey
The Forecaster, by Scott Andrews 10/3/2012
“Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s haunting refrain is familiar to millions of aficionados of musical theater. This weekend the holder of the world record for most performances of Eva Peron in “Evita” will be holding forth in Portland as Good Theater launches its 2012-2013 season with a special two-night run of “An Evening with Florence Lacey.”
I didn’t know that anybody kept such statistics, but Lacey’s claim certainly seems credible. She’s played the charismatic and enigmatic wife of the Argentinean dictator on Broadway, the U.S. national tour and an amazing 12 years on multiple international tours.
And don’t write her off as a one-trick pony. Lacey has also starred in Broadway productions of “The Grand Tour” and regional stagings of “Sunset Boulevard,” playing the mesmerizing aging diva, Norma Desmond. Other starring roles have include “Les Miserables” and “Hello Dolly.”
A native of the Pittsburgh area, Lacey’s professional career in musical theater around the world spans four decades and many thousands of performances. Plus her husband is in the longest-running Broadway show in history, “Phantom of the Opera.”
Capitalizing on his many New York theatrical connections, Good Theater co-founder and artistic director Brian Allen has snared Lacey for a two-night Portland gig in a format that is modeled on the old Merv Griffin television show. Allen will interview Lacey, who will perform a number of her best-known songs from her long career.
Victoria Stubbs will music direct and play keyboards.
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