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Evita @ Gammage Auditorium The best we can say about Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is that when he writes about real people (rather than, say, cats, rollerskating choo-choo trains, or creepy fictional guys who live under opera houses), he creates quite moving musical theater scores. And despite accusations that Evita contains historical inaccuracies about its title character -- popular, activist wife of former Argentine president Juan Perón -- it also contains as much mid-century Argentine history as most of us will ever assimilate. Even if you've never seen the show, surely you've heard at least a few bars of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," which has been covered by everyone from Karen Carpenter (!) to Sinéad O'Connor.

Through Sunday, December 8, wallow in the current Evita tour, based on 2012's Broadway revival, at Tempe's Gammage Auditorium, 1200 South Forest Avenue. Wednesday, December 4's curtain is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $74 at or 480-965-3434. -- Julie Peterson

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