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Theatre review by Steve Duffy –

Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.

Briana Carlson-Goodman embraced her character of Evita. Her acting was just as good as her powerful singing voice. Her voiced soared in numbers like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “You Must Love Me”.

Constantine Maroulis is an effortlessly tuneful, charming, and energetic as Che.

Julia Estrada plays Juan Peron’s mistress. She shines in the small role and turns heads with her version of “Another Suitcase, Another Hall.”

The ensemble is exceptional and provides great support with their singing and perfectly choreography dance moves.

With all Lloyd Webber shows, the music is powerful and tells the story. The music of “Evita” is a mix of compelling genres: church music, Latin American rhythms, ballads and hard rock.

I am sure in any production of “Evita” it must have been difficult to truly explore the complexity of such a women. Evita inspired both fierce opposition and fanatical devotion in the Argentinean people.

NSMT’s production is a show that is worth reliving and worth seeing.

Running Time: 2 hrs 30 min (includes intermission)

EVITA playing at North Shore Music Theatre thru October 8th. Tickets $57 – $82 – Kids save 50% at all shows. For tickets call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA.

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