Last night was opening night of the national tour of Evita at the Majestic Theatre. This first new Broadway production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical is only playing until Sunday May 4, 2014.
Eva Perón was the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. Evita chronicles her true life story from childhood, rise to power, charity work and death. She rose from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady and became one of the most powerful women in the world. Even though she was loved by the people because of her work to help the poor it was her greed, over ambition and fragile health that made her life a tragic one.
The story begins on a somber note as the company sings “Requiem” as Evita’s death is announced and the people are mourning her death. The cynical narrator Che (Josh Young) takes over on “Oh, What a Circus” to notate the hysteria sweeping the nation after her death. Josh Young’s powerful voice gives the role the authority it needs to keep the story going. Caroline Bowman turn as Evita is mesmerizing and does the character justice.
Musical standouts include “A New Argentina” when Juan Perón is elected president and it ended Act I on an excellent note. As soon as Act II began the audience grew quiet and the anticipation was palpable on the heels of the iconic “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and it did not disappoint.
Overall Evita is an audience favorite for a reason and it is not to be missed. It is suitable mostly for older audiences and has romance, humor and tragedy along with beautiful songs, music and Latin-themed dancing. Tickets range from $26 to $86 and are available at the theatre box office.