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Local theater company announces 33rd season

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Music Theatre of Denton has announced its 33rd season, which begins in February. 

The company will start its 2018 season with Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's  Evita. The musical dramatizes the life and death of Eva Duarte, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Peron. The musical follows her from poverty-stricken childhood, to prominence as the beloved first lady and to her death from cancer. The show features big numbers "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires" and "Oh What a Circus."

The musical runs Feb. 22-24 and March 2-4. 

Music Theatre of Denton will stage Memphis in the spring. The musical is inspired by a real-life white disc jockey who believed 1950s America was ready to hear black music on the radio. His story merges with that of a black club singer ready for her big break. The Tony Award-winning show features big dance numbers and a blues and rock-tinged score. 

The musical runs May 4-6 and May 11-13.

The company closes its season with The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the Victor Hugo novel and with songs from the animated Disney film about Quasimodo, the misshapen bell ringer in a 15th-century Parisian cathedral. Quasimodo, a captive of the cruel archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, escapes for a day only to be mistreated by everyone by the gypsy Esmerelda. In the end, Quasimodo finds himself in a race to save Esmerelda and her people from Frollo. 

The musical runs Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. 

For more information and tickets, visit the company's website

FEATURED IMAGE: Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Evita is based on the life of Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, Argentina's famous first lady, shown in this 1951 photo. (Archivo Clarin/AP file photo)