Review: Evita - Norwich Theatre Royal

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The blissful sound of Madalena Alberto’s voice as she sang the iconic Don’t Cry For Me Argentina on the balcony of the Casa Rosada sent shivers down my spine.

Stealing the show as the leading lady Eva, the social-climbing actress who grows from a young woman into a fierce politician’s wife, only one word can describe this performance and that is breathtaking.

Performing alongside Wet Wet Wet star Marti Pellow as the narrator Che, constantly on stage questioning the couple’s behaviour with his sarcastic lines, and Mark Heeneham as Colonel Juan Peron, who later becomes the president of Argentina.

The staging was elegant, the costumes were glamorous and the choreography set the tone with Latin rhythms and military marching.

The mistress Sarah McNicholas also deserves a mention for her sweet rendition of Another Suitcase In Another Hall.

Evita runs at the Theatre Royal until Saturday evening. For ticket availability call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

AMY SMITH