Elegance, charm and amazing music all fill the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford this week as Evita hits the stage in musical triumph. Possible one of my favourites of all time and I’m a massive fan of the film, with Madonna portraying Argentina’s iconic first lady Eva Peron. She just missed out on that Oscar nomination even though she scooped Best Actress for her performance at the Golden Globes in 1997. One of the longest running musical shows in West End history celebrating 40 years, Evita depicts the classic rags to riches tale dreaming of a better future and achieving a better way of life than that of a working-class upbringing. Returning to the role of Eva Perón is Madalena Alberto, a role she received critical-acclaim for at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2014.The story is narrated throughout by Che (Gian Marco Schiaretti) living and experiencing Eva’s rise to fame and how she used her feminine charm to seduce an entire nation.
Fresh from the recent West End production in July 2017, leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiarettidelivers a spectacular performance opening the show with powerful energy encapsulating the essence of the time, war, depression and the separation of social classes. The chemistry between Gian and Madalena is spellbinding, creating the sultry and seductive atmosphere exactly as it should be. Their voices both resonate and delight, eloquently delivering many well know songs including the much loved ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ and ‘Oh What A Circus’, adding that little bit of star quality to set the stage alight! Leading London and Broadway performer Jeremy Secomb joins the cast of Evita as Juan Perón, Eva’s love interest, and brings authority and true humility to the role showing in heartfelt moments the love between. The whole production is a marvel, with beautiful set design, an amazingly talented cast including young children and delightfully orchestrated throughout. If you’ve never seen this show or if you have, this is your chance to see a polished spectacle of history told in the way we all love best.
By Matthew Jameson