If you’re lucky enough to get tickets for the new touring production of Evita, which finishes a two-week run at Milton Keynes Theatre tomorrow, Saturday, you’re in for a treat.
There isn’t a weak link in the cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical which charts the journey of Eva Peron from humble beginnings to iconic status as the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron.
Portuguese-born actress and singer Madalena Alberto is mesmerising in the title role, bringing to the part a totally convincing mix of ruthless ambition and physical frailty, topped by a voice of compelling clarity.
I was literally on my seat to catch every note during her quieter numbers.
There’s a totally believable chemistry, and a lovely vocal match between her and Peron, played with great wit by Mark Heenehan.
Former Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow shows once again that he can act as well as sing, as a superbly sardonic Che with great stage presence.
Sarah McNicholas also deserves a mention, as the Mistress, as do the wonderful children from the Myra Tiffin Performing Arts School.
Evita features some of the best-known songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night Of A Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase In Another Hall.
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Review by Hannah Richardson