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12:29am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Entertainments
I’VE never seen Evita before, not even the Madonna movie version, so I wasn’t sure what to expect but knowing it was a Lloyd Webber/Rice collaboration I was convinced I would enjoy it.
I did, but the show was not without its flaws.
Evita is a compelling story and Marti Pellow, the big draw as far as my mother was concerned, plays Che, part narrator part Greek chorus.
His performance was quite strong – his anger and bitterness as he expresses the realism serving as a powerful contrast to Eva’s glamour.
Madalena Alberto was superb as Eva, her voice soft and sensitive when it needed to be, and powerful for big numbers such as Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.
However, I’m not sure if it was down to the band being too loud or if some of the songs just didn’t work, but at times it was hard to make out the words.
Being a Lloyd Webber and Rice show, I was surprised I found some of the music discordant and it seemed as if parts might have been better suited being talked rather than forcing a song where there wasn’t one.
But when it was done well it was brilliant. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina was everything I expected it to be and Sarah McNicholas, who only played a bit part as Peron’s mistress, shone when she sang Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
The set was great, with lots of staircases and balconies, and the scene changes were seamless.
The ensemble cast were also superb, with some excellent dancing sequences brightening up the serious subject matter.
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