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.