Sunday, 28 September 2014

THEATRE // Evita, Dominion Theatre

A note from Joelle... 
I have been waiting to see Evita for 16 years. Yep, that's right, since 1998 when I watched Antonio Banderas as Che and Elaine Paige as Evita when they performed a few songs for Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday. Since I was born in 1994, I guess you could say I am a old soul for my time!
I still watch clips of the whole celebration to this day, as it practically shaped my love of music and theatre growing up.

My mother saw the original cast of Evita as a 20-year-old student back in the day, and I guess we've come full circle!
So when I heard that the show was being revived in the West End, I literally jumped out of my seat and booked some tickets for myself and Hannah for when I was back in London.

If you're not familiar with the true story of Eva Peron, here it goes:
At the beginning, she is a working class performer trying to make it big in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She sleeps around a bit and uses the connections of those men to rise up the social ranks. She then meets Colonel Peron, a guy trying to become President of Argentina (which he does with Eva's help). They get married and she becomes a key public/political figure as well as the 'Face of Argentina'. She even tries to run for Vice President, but her health starts to fail.

Popular songs like 'Another Suitcase In Another Hall', 'Don't Cry For Me, Argentina', 'Night Of A Thousand Stars' and 'Oh,What A Circus' were performed perfectly and I could see audience members singing along and bobbing their heads in time to the rhythm.

I have to admit that the actor playing Che got off to a rocky start, vocally. I honestly thought that they had made a serious casting mistake during the first act. But by the start of the second act, he seemed to have picked up the pace and totally redeemed himself.
The cast totally deserved the standing ovation at the end. The actress who plays Eva is sensational - both in acting and singing [and the brief dancing she does]. I mean, I haven't seen a stage presence like that since I saw Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked all the way back in 2006.

So there you have it - a really good theatre show to see if you are in London this Autumn! West End shows get a lot of stick for being overpriced and "cheesy", but we got our tickets for a fraction of the regular price on Also theatre shows are a kind of escapism, where you can sit back and be entertained by talented artists for a few hours. It's my choice of therapy, that's for sure!
Are you into seeing musicals/theatre shows? Seen anything good?


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