Lyrics and Book by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
The Arts Centre Melbourne
Reviewed by Peter Kemp
Melbourne’s State Theatre was the venue for Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s Evita.
The set was basic with scaffolding each side and a large movie screen at stage rear. Various scene changes were represented by small sets moving in and out. The screen showed aspects of Eva Peron’s life taken from newsreels.
The opening was the funeral of Eva Peron and then the story backtracked to her early life and how she met Juan Peron and her progress with Juan Peron and her acceptance and love from the Argentinians.
As Eva Peron, Tin Arena has returned to her hometown Melbourne to star in Evita.
The role is hectic as Tina spends most of the performance on stage. Tina handles the role excellently giving one of the best performances seen on the Melbourne stage. Playing Juan Peron is Paulo Szot is one of the most acclaimed and versatile baritones in the world.
An amazing performance with a great voice as well as good stage presentation and a terrific rapport with Tina Arena.
Playing the narrator, Che, was Kurt Kingsley. Another outstanding performance and a very busy time on stage.
A first class production with great costuming, added realism with the screen showing newsreels of Eva’s life adding to the understanding of the production.
The ensemble added to the high standard of the evening performing without a flaw and highly appreciated by the audience.
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