REVIEW: Evita ★★★
"Evita, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s bombastic musical about onetime Argentinean First Lady Eva Perón, is politically opaque, and equally disgusted and entranced by its subject.
It’s a story about a controversial woman written by and told, almost exclusively, from the point of view of men; her actions are interpreted through the male gaze, and it is a punishing one.
If you were looking for words to slut-shame someone – though I’m sure you never would be – you could find all the synonyms you need in Evita’s script...Here, Australian music icon @tinaarena
stars as Eva Perón, and she’s committed herself completely to the role; over the course of opening night her acting choices become more settled and nuanced, and she has an innate stage presence that means we can’t help but understand why so many people are drawn to her.
But the best thing about Arena in this role is her voice. Her tone is caramel-rich and rangy; it’s a pleasure to listen to her take on this notoriously difficult score, hitting every note that has eluded other leading ladies (and certainly Madonna) over the years.
Tony Award winner and opera star Paulo Szot plays the suave Juan Perón with necessary slickness; he’s a good partner for Arena’s Eva, and they’re well-matched in their shared scenes and duets.
, who plays Juan Perón’s Mistress, is a recent high school graduate making her theatrical debut. She already has a lovely, Broadway-ready ingénue tone.
Prowling the stage with an appealing swagger and well-deployed sneer as narrator Che is the talented @kurtkansley.
He’s built for rock opera, and handles well the role of the young revolutionary, who instigates the entire musical as a means to speak truth to power and expose Eva’s machinations.”
Read the full review by @cassietongue
in AudreyJournal.com.au, link in bio ⬆️, photos by Jeff Busby. Evita is playing at Sydney Opera House until November 3 #theatre #musicaltheatre #sydney #tinaarena #sydneylocal #sydneytheatre