Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.
I saw the UK touring production at the Churchhill Theatre, Bromley on Saturday 14th January 2017.
Having not known much about the musical I was instantly impressed with the production which felt high quality (especially for a Bill Kenwright production). The ensemble were really good and the set and costumes were very authentic and of good quality. It felt very well put together and the scene changes were very smooth.
Emma Hatton (Eva) played the part really well. Her voice is great and the journey from the opening happy, dancing scenes through to getting power, being fairly bitchy and finally her death were very well acted. I especially enjoyed the death scenes which is where Emma really shone through with her dramatic acting skills. Having performed as Elphaba in the West End I knew that Emma had a great voice and I think this show really showcased her range and ability to change her voice to suit the mood or occasion. ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina‘ for example was fantastic with every note being pitch perfect.
Gian Marco (Che) was also very commanding with very good stage presence. He had a lovely voice but sometimes it was hard to hear him, whether this was the microphones or his accent I am not sure. His storytelling and narration of the story was really interesting although I sometimes felt that he ‘over-acted’.
I really loved ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall‘ by Sarah O’Connor. A really good performance of a quite simple vocal piece but performed with a lot of heart and emotion which made you really feel for the character.
All of the members of the ensemble were really good. The timing was very well rehearsed and everyone clearly knew their parts and stayed in character throughout. The choreography was effective and as mentioned before the costumes really added to the show.
Overall I enjoyed the show. I wouldn’t rush back and buy more tickets. Neither would I say it was one of my top 10 musicals however I am glad I have finally seen it and I certainly went away humming the songs that evening.