Evita is the poignant story of Eva Peron, a woman who rises from poverty to stardom and soon becomes the first lady of Argentina. She’s a real maverick who drastically INFLUENCED and inspired a nation.
Set in a significant part of Argentinian political history, we follow the life of Eva Peron who aspires to become an actress but achieves a whole lot more. She escapes her small town and relocates to the capital, Buenos Aires, which changes her life forever. Following her rise to fame, she falls in love with an important military colonel where together they take over the country.
Madalena Alberto perfectly portrays the determination, ambition and drive that allows Eva to transform her life so dramatically. Her relentless passion seeps from the stage and cements her deep-rooted need to help the poor and scorn the middle class. It is this hunger to help that soon turns into a need for power and popularity. Madalena’s powerful performance is matched by her pure vocal perfection and adds ‘a little touch of star quality’.
Gian Marco Schiaretti absolutely dominates the stage as Che the narrator. He stalks the floor with an intense persona and regularly eyes the crowd with menace and suspicion. He is able to lead the show from the front but also melt into the scenes to allow the story to unfold. It is a skillful balance. Talking of skills, his voice is out of this world. The stand out performance of the night.
Legendary duo Andrew Llyod Webber and Tim Rice sure kicked out another success with Evita. I can see why it won both the Laurence Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Musical. You will most certainly know some of the iconic songs such as ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ and ‘Another Suitcase in another Hall’.
There is no dialogue in this musical, which may panic novice theatre goers at first but trust me, the lyrics tell us everything we need to know. The music is a fantastic fusion of rock, opera, latin and choral to name a few. The pace has a nice rise and fall.
Upbeat numbers bring some spice and colour that contrast the intense and sombre scenes. I particularity enjoyed the lively choreography in ‘Buenos Aires’, the power behind ‘A New Argentina’ and the quirkiness of ‘Peron’s Latest Flame’.
Eva was the definition of a strong and independent women who affected change such as securing women the vote. Yes, historically Eva had slightly more style over substance but it was still empowering to watch and acted as an education. It’s a shame her inspiring story came with such an unfortunate end. Who knows what else she could have achieved passed her short 33 years of life.
Evita is The breath-taking retelling of a turning point in Argentine history that highlights Eva as an almost unstoppable force. Strap in for an energetic and emotional journey that will not disappoint.
Catch Evita at The Palace Theatre in Manchester until Saturday 9th December 2017. BOOK TICKETS NOW! http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/evita-2/palace-theatre-manchester/