Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s famous collaboration Evita, which charts the life of Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina, until her premature death in 1952. In this production, Madalena Alberto plays the eponymous heroine, with Marti Pellow talking on the role of Che. The songs are well known and include Another Suitcase, Another Hall; On This Night of a Thousand Stars, Buenos Aires, You Must Love Me, and of course Don’t Cry For Me Argentina. They all sounded fantastic, due to the incredible talent of the cast and the orchestra. Pellow, who actually takes the largest role, and who is on stage almost all of the time, as part cynical observer, part narrator, was charismatic and perfect for the role of Che.
Eva’s life is covered with big leaps from era to era – if it was”t based on a true story, you might hardly believe it – and the way that Eva visibly aged throughout the show, from her time as a teenager with high hopes, to the girlfriend then wife of Juan Person – was very well done.
The famous balcony scene was beautifully done, and brought tears to my eyes ( and in fact, there were several audience members wiping away tears at the extremely emotional end scenes).
Having heard and read reviews, I went into the show with high expectations – and they were exceeded in every single way. My sole regret is that I did not get tickets for another performance of this show, because it was truly wonderful from start to finish.