Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Hello, Buenos Aires! New London Revival of Evita Opens Tonight
Will Argentinian actress Elena Roger demonstrate more than just a little touch of star quality when she takes to the West End's Adelphi stage this evening for the hotly-anticipated London revival of Evita?
There's certainly plenty of production quality among the team for this remounting of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, starting with director Michael Grandage, who turned last year's Guys And Dolls into an unmitigated success. Rob Ashford, fresh from Broadway's The Wedding Singer, has reteamed with Grandage to provide fresh choreography.
It also probably goes without saying that the original Hal Prince-helmed Evita helped turn actresses Elaine Paige and Patti LuPone into first ladies of the London and Broadway stage, respectively. But can it do the same for Rogers? We'll know tomorrow whether the critics exult in a rainbow high.
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