Limerick Musical Society player wins industry ‘oscar’

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Martin McNelis, Limerick Musical Society,  receives his trophy from Olive Melville, President and Majella Flanagan, Vice-President of AIMS
THE male lead in Limerick Musical Society’s production of Evita has won a top industry award.

THE male lead in Limerick Musical Society’s production of Evita has won a top industry award.

Martin McNelis, who played Juan Peron in the musical, scooped the prize of Best Male Actor at the Association of Irish Musical Societies Awards banquet held in Killarney.

Thousands of people descended on the University Concert Hall to watch the tale of Eva Peron’s rise to power in Argentina.

The awards are described as the ‘Oscars’ of musical theatre in Ireland, where every musical society enters this All-Ireland competition.

Musical society PRO Gerry Ryan described Martin’s award as “another milestone in the society’s history”.

“It is a superb award for Martin, and all the people involved in the production of ‘Evita’.

“It is a remarkable achievement for the society, especially when you consider the very high musical standards that you have to maintain with each production”.

Evita played to sell out audiences on consecutive nights at the University Concert Hall.

The acclaimed musical production charts the rise of Argentine heroine Eva Peron and her rise to power in the 1930s.

It was also made into a feature length film back in 1996 starring Madonna - who sang the title track- and Antonio Banderas.

Meanwhile, there were also celebrations for the Shannon Musical Society as they won a trio of awards for its production of Andrew |Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

They won the prize for Best House Management, the Best Ensemble for the Scene ‘Could we start again please’ and Sean Power took the award for the best director of the musical performance.