Drawing: Patti LuPone

Patti LuPone is musical theatre royalty on both sides of the Atlantic. Since making her professional debut 45 years ago she has played every major role and won every major West End and Broadway accolade, including the Olivier and two Tonys. She’s also collected a couple of Grammys for good measure.

Patti originated the title role of Eva Peron in the 1979 Broadway production of EVITA, picking up her first Tony. She played the part of Fantine in the original London cast of LES MISERABLES in 1985, the same year she appeared as Moll in THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, winning the Olivier for both roles. In 2008 she won her second Tony for portrayal of Rose in the Broadway revival of GYPSY.

Her latest appearance on the Great White Way is as Helena Rubinstein in WAR PAINT at the Nederlander Theatre, which garnered her seventh Tony nom. I sent her this montage sketch in March this year at the theatre and it came back dedicated and signed.

Drawing: Marti Pellow and Madalena Alberto in Evita

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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice‘s classic 1978 musical Evita made a brief return to London’s West End for a seven week run at the refurbished Dominion Theatre.

Talented newcomer, Portuguese actress Madalena Alberto played the Argentine political phenomenon Eva Peron. The role has propelled numerous unknown actresses into star players  – such as Patti LuPone and Elaine Paige in the original West End and Broadway productions respectively. Critic Mark Shenton acknowledged he used the oldest cliché in showbiz -“a star is born”- writing about the “stunning vocalist”. She previously played Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables.

Musical Theatre and pop icon Marti Pellow played the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, the narrator who cynically assesses the hysterical grief that gripped Argentina when Evita died.

Drawing: Ben Forster in Evita

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Ben Forster shot to fame after winning ITV’s Superstar competition in 2012, playing the title role in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in its Arena Tour.

He has just completed a short run of another Lord Webber and Tim Rice musical, Evita, at the Dominion Theatre in London. The multi award winning musical charts the life of Eva Peron, the former wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron and her rise to power.

Ben guest starred in the role of Agustin Magaldi, Eva Peron’s first love, when the production did 55 performances at the refurbished Dominion Theatre following a UK Tour. The final performance was on Saturday evening (1 November 2014).