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Evita at the Kings Theatre - Review

Published: 14th November 2018 13:27

 Lucy O'Byrne is Evita It was the opening night of Evita last night which saw Lucy O'Byrne paying a return visit to the Kings Theatre. She was Maria in the Sound of Music back in March and as this leading lady, Eva Perón, she's equally magnificent.

The story of Argentina's first lady from 1946 to 1952 is a passionate one and if you've not seen it before then I'd recommend some light reading. It's a fascinating musical about Eva Duarte, a young woman desperate to escape poverty who becomes an actress and radio star, then meets ambitious politician Juan Perón. It then takes us on their journey and while Perón becomes president, it's very much Eva that ordinary people have taken to their hearts. She becomes a high profile political figure herself until her tragic death due to cancer at the age of 33.

The show starts with the announcement of the death of Eva at a cinema and we see the start of a nation going into mourning. The show is narrated by Che played by Glenn Carter who carries the story along in this production that is non-stop music all the way through.

For me, it was the second half where I thought the story was really brought to life and we got to learn more about the characters.

Lucy is definitely the star of the show, as it should be of course, and her much anticipated performance of Don't Cry for Me Argentina, was a hit but the most poignant part of the show was her performance of 'You Must Love Me' to Mike Sterling who plays Juan Perón - such passion and absolutely beautiful. They complement each other fabulously.

This musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is now 40 years old but judging by the size of the audience, it's still as popular now as it was  back then.

Evita is at the Kings Theatre until Saturday 17th November. For tickets, go to the website: kingsportsmouth.co.uk.

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