Musical must-see: Evita, Hall For Cornwall
Who's up for a big old musical romp? Following its smash hit London run, Bill Kenwright’s multi award-winning Evita comes to Cornwall. But is she worthy of your affections?
On the screen and on the stage, musicals are back in fashion. And as a closet musical fan I am giddy with delight (as is our wont). Even more so because over the next few weeks, two massive West End hits will be lighting up Hall For Cornwall. First up is Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita (from Tues 27 – Sat 31 Mar) and I’ve just seen it.
The mega-musical has more than 20 major awards to its credit, not to mention an Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. You can’t help making comparisons and for me the stage version is even more transporting – with Eva and Che giving their Hollywood counterparts a run for their money.
Evita tells the story of Eva Perón, the wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Perón. It follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through her meteoric rise to power, which led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
Of all the female leads in musical theatre, this one’s as glamorous and kickass as they come. You are sure to know lots of the big numbers – some of the best-loved in musical theatre – including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, You Must Love Me and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.
The stellar cast includes two of musical theatre’s most outstanding performers. The ravishing Madalena Alberto is Eva, (she received critical-acclaim in the role at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2014). Considered one of the West End’s top leading ladies, Madalena has played some of the most iconic roles in musical theatre, including Fantine in Les Miserábles, Grizabella in Cats and the title role in Piaf. Joining her, Italian musical pro Gian Marco Schiaretti is Che (talented and very easy on the eye) and leading London and Broadway performer Jeremy Secomb, plays Juan Perón.
There’s just a few tickets left, so if you fancy it I’d advise you book your seats now!
See Evita at Hall For Cornwall, from Tues 27 – Sat 31 Mar. Willy Russel’s Blood Brothers runs from Mon 9 – Sat 14 April