“Evita” at the Paramount
You can cry with Argentina for Eva Perón all over again as the first new Broadway production of “Evita” since its debut 30 years ago hits Seattle. The Tony award-winning musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the tragic story of the passionate First Lady of Argentina at Seattle’s Paramount Theater in a production hailed by the New York Post. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Jan. 1 and 2; 8 p.m. Jan. 3; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 4; 1 p.m. (ASL) and 6:30 p.m. (open-caption) Jan. 5. From $25. Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle. 877-STG-4TIX,
Not New Year’s Eve with the Seattle Symphony
In a longstanding tradition, the Seattle Symphony rings out the old year with Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony – but not on New Year’s Eve itself. Four performances (two in 2013, two in 2014) feature soprano Nathalie Paulin, mezzo Angela Niederloh, tenor Brendan Tuohy and baritone Charles Robert Stephens under director Carlos Kalmar. 8 p.m. Dec. 28, 2 p.m. Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 4. $49-$133. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle.
First Night in Tacoma
It goes without saying, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly, alcohol-free, arts-based celebration for New Year’s Eve then First Night is the place to be. The Tacoma version of the national event starts during the day with performances at local museums, followed by a parade at 6:15 p.m. in the theater district, with entertainment through midnight. 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Dec. 31. $10 advance button for inside events ($14 purchased on Dec. 31)/free for 10 and under. Various locations downtown. Firstnighttacoma.org
Seattle Art Museum open New Year’s Day
There aren’t many arts institutions open on January 1 but the Seattle Art Museum is one of them, and it’s the last week to catch a glimpse of the magnificent “Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon” which closes Jan. 5. The Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, will also be open. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Jan. 1 (and thereafter 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday). $19.50/$17.50/free for 12 and under. 1300 First Ave., Seattle. 206-654-3100, seattleartmuseum.org