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Evita - Marti Pellow stars in touring production

Marti Pellow in Chicago

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MARTI Pellow, one of music’s most respected artists, will play Che in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, with Madalena Alberto as Eva.

The production, presented by Bill Kenwright by special arrangement with the Really Useful Group, opens in London – at New Wimbledon Theatre (May 15 to May 18, 2013) – prior to embarking on a national and international tour.

Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, and charts her journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

The character Che reflects the voice of the Argentine people. Linked to Eva by destiny, he brings conflict to the story of her rise to fame.

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, including the Oscar-winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Evita features some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre. They include Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

As a solo-singer, recording artist, and at the beginning of his career with Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow has enjoyed virtually un-rivalled chart success, with over 25 hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including the seminal Love Is All Around.

He has performed all over the world, and his West End and Musical Theatre appearances include The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago and Blood Brothers. He joins the cast of Evita fresh from a solo tour to launch his new solo album Hope, released on Monday March 18, 2013.

Madalena Alberto’s most recent musical theatre credits include the title role in Piaf at the Curve Theatre, Leicester and Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of Les Misérables. Her other roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde and Sonia in Godspell (Union Theatre), Carmen Diaz in Fame (UK Tour) and Sam in Over the Threshold (Edinburgh and London). The Portuguese singer-songwriter also released her album Heart Condition in 2012.

Completing the cast of Evita will be Mark Heenehan, Nic Gibney, Sarah McNicholas, Hannah Grover, Natalie Day, Emily Goodenough, Verity Burgess, Laura Emmitt, Lizzie Ottley, Perry O’Dea, Joe Maxwell, Joel Elferink, Stuart MacIver, Joseph Connor, Ryan Pidgen, Anthony Ray, Anthony Hewitt and David Burilin.

Directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, Evita will be designed by Matthew Wright, with choreography by Bill Deamer, lighting by Mark Howett, sound by Ben Harrison, orchestration by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen, and musical arrangements by David Steadman.

The tour will visit Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Liverpool, Sheffield, Norwich, Salford Quays, Wolverhampton, Belfast, Truro, Swansea, Bristol and Southampton.