Bill Kenwright’s version of Evita, has some new ideas threaded through it. It’s one of if not the best sung version of the show I’ve heard. Even the performers in the minor roles of Magaldi and Peron’s Mistress, Oscar Balmasada and Sarah O’Connor are both excellent. The evening of course, belongs to Emma Hatton (who resembles Elaine Paige in the same role). Vocally she moves easily between her range and soprano top notes. Her acting is excellent too, particularly as Peron becomes ill.
Equally notable is the Latin authenticity brought to Che by Gian Marco, an Italian newcomer to the UK stage, while Kevin Stephen-Jones also brings an impressive authority as Peron. A large ensemble deliver with serious discipline.
Lloyd Webber’s back catalogue is kept alive by Kenwright and this powerful Evita is in a different class, bringing an operatic sweep and gravitas to a biographical pop opera about the rise of a demagogue ruler and the cult of celebrity.
Well worth a visit.
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