ALTHOUGH this was the second time the London travelling show version of Evita had been to the Regent theatre, it hadn't lost any of its original sparkle.
It seems to get better each time I have seen it, from its original premier years in London, way back in 1978.
This time round it has Marti Pellow taking on the original role of David Essex's 'Che'. He is more a theatrical musical actor these days than the Love Is All Around pop star of the past.
Included now is the song You Must Love Me, which was added for the film to be included for an Oscar nomination, which is sung beautifully by Madalena Alberto, taking over the title role from the original songstress Elaine Paige.
Also put back in its original setting is the song sung by Peron's mistress Another Suitcase in Another Hall, which was sung by the film's Evita Madonna, and just didn't make sense.
This is the story of a country's almost First Lady political leader in the 1950s.
She was almost the equivalent of our Maggie Thatcher, but could sing and shout better to her peasants, if you believe the rumours.
This show, playing to packed audiences, never seems to lose its fascination and sparkle and is more than worth the price of your ticket for its rendering of that now stalwart favourite Don't Cry For me Argentina. Brilliant show and cast all round.
AJ GLEAVE Trentham
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