Evita: 'I kept my promise..' now read the blog!
Argentina loved her, Andrew Lloyd Webber created a musical about her and Madonna played her! Oh and I went to watch 'her'...
Evita hit the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome and to be honest this wasn’t a story that I had ever read/watched/heard. It was a story I wasn’t familiar with, apart from the obvious ‘don’t cry for me Argentina,’ which I continued to sing at people in the office when they asked me how I was spending my evening.
I did a little a research before the show and began to get a good understanding of the story. So for all those in a similar position to myself; Evita is a true story following the life story of Eva Peron, a girl who grew up in poverty but died a women of wealth, married to Argentina’s president Juan Peron.
We entered the theatre and grabbed our seats (with a packet of Maltesers.. obvs'). The curtains rose and we were all quickly transported to the inside of a church in 1952, where a funeral was taking place; Eva’s funeral was taking place. From this very first scene you began to understand just how much the people of Argentina truly loved her.
The musical is narrated throughout via a man called Che, played by Marti Pellow who in my eyes plays it perfectly. This narration works well, explaining situations to the audience with the occasional humorous remark. Che asks the questions the audience are thinking, enabling the audience to understand the story completely. The headline role, Eva Peron, is played by Madelena Alberto. Eva begins as a young wannabe actress, who strives to be something more than she is and will do anything to get there. After making her way through numerous wealthy men her eye is finally caught by one of Argentina’s most powerful (caught by power, not love), President Juan Peron. Madelena Alberto captures this rags to riches girl superbly, taking the audience through the highs and lows of Eva’s life.
The highlight of Evita for me was the performance of ‘don’t cry for me Argentina.’ Madelena sang from her heart and she had the audience hooked on her every word!
Once the curtains closed I felt like I had been on an emotional rollercoaster, laughing whilst Eva danced her way around rooms of men and crying at her lowest when fighting her battle with cancer. Since seeing Evita I have since been out to buy the book and watch the film.. I've been well a truly converted into an Evita fan. It is a beautiful story, one which I feel can occasionaly get overlooked. Want my advice? Go and see it!
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