MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW: Evita – Todmorden Hippodrome – 9th April 2022


This musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of a real person, Eva Peron, wife to the populist and oppressive president of Argentina, Juan Peron. He just might remind you of a modern politician or three.

Evita was played by Alexandra Townend, who brought out the charm and underlying steely ambition of the character, as well as her ultimate vulnerability. A great supporting cast included Martin Cook as the outshone Juan, and Joel Brown as cynical but fascinated commentator Che.

Lovely and powerful melodies bring out the story of how a legend is made.

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