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‘Evita’

When Through Sunday • Where Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves • How much $29-$102 • More info repstl.org

Michele Aravena is splendid as Eva Perón, the most beloved woman in Argentina, in this richly theatrical, season-opening Repertory Theatre of St. Louis production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera. Vividly directed by Rob Ruggiero. By Calvin Wilson

‘Love Never Dies’

When Through Sunday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $35-$99 • More info 314-534-1111; metrotix.com

This sequel to the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “The Phantom of the Opera” has a first act that’s more diverting than memorable. But the second act, which includes the show’s best songs and snaps the whole thing into focus, is to die for. By Calvin Wilson


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