PORTLAND — Good Theater will kick off its 11th season on Saturday, Oct. 6, with a performance by Broadway star Florence Lacey, who holds the world’s record for the most performances of Eva Peron in “Evita.”

“An Evening With Broadway Star Florence Lacey” will also be presented on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the theater in the St. Lawrence Art Center on Congress Street.

Lacey portrayed Peron on Broadway, the national tour and several international tours. Asked how many shows she did, Lacey replied, “I stopped counting at 3,000 and it is way more than that.”

Lacey made her Broadway debut in Jerry Herman’s “The Grand Tour,” opposite Joel Grey. She won a Theater World Award for her performance in that show. Other Broadway credits include a stint as Fantine in the original production of “Les Miserable;” two runs as Irene Malloy in “Hello, Dolly,” opposite Carol Channing; and the recent Tony-nominated revival of “Follies.”

Good Theater Artistic Director Brian P. Allen will be host and moderator for the evening. He will interview Lacey about her career and life on Broadway. In between questions, she will sing songs from many of the roles she has performed, including “Send in the Clowns,” “With One Look,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “If He Walked Into My Life,” “I Belong Here” and her signature “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” 

Allen took inspiration for this show from the old Merv Griffin Show. “I grew up watching Merv Griffin afternoons when I got home from school. I love how he talked to his guests and got them to share stories and personal information about themselves. He would have guests sing and that is what I am doing with this event.”

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7. For tickets, $30, call 885-5883 or visit www.goodtheater.com.

Other shows in Good Theater’s season include “Good People,” “Striking,” “Death by Design,” “4000 Miles” and “Ancestral Voices.”


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