Evita is a great spectacle of music and dance from beginning to end. Madalena Alberto in the title role is totally believable both as the flirty teenage Eva Duarte and the glamourous yet regal Eva Peron. Her vocal performance was faultless and her acting and dancing superb. Marti Pellow, as the narrator Che, also gave an excellent vocal performance. Mark Heenehan (Juan Peron) had a powerful stage presence and Sarah McNicholas (his mistress) gave a very moving performance of "Another Suitcase in Another Hall".
Beginning with the announcement of Eva's death, the show then recounts her life story from her teenage years when she is hungry for fame and fortune and will do almost anything to achieve this, through to her years as the first lady of Argentina, and her eventual death from cancer at the age of 33.
Although Evita has been around for several decades, including a Hollywood film version, and many of the songs are very well known, this production feels fresh and new. The period costumes are beautiful, the stage sets are simple yet effective.
Definitely recommended for an evening of great musical theatre.
Review by Tom King