EVITA OPENED AT SKYLIGHT MUSIC THATRE last Friday, and it runs through Feb. 19. The musical follows the life of Eva Duarte, a woman who went from being in poverty to becoming the powerful and beloved wife of Argentinian President Juan Perón. Here are four reasons to go see the show:
1. The Tango
From the moment the lights went up at the beginning of the show, the tango performances from Mariano Logiudice and Guillermina Quiroga were incredibly special. Their dances illustrated the emotions felt throughout the show and were a joy to watch. I had chills every time the dancers took the stage.
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2. Rána Roman’s Performance as Eva
Milwaukee Magazine profiled Rána Roman in our Spring Arts Guide this year, and even if you hadn’t read that this was her “dream role,” you’d be able to tell watching her on stage. Her acting, singing and overall stage presence carried the show. My personal favorite performance of hers was the intense and beautiful song “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” at the beginning of act two.
3. The Women Power
I love a show about a strong woman, and this one certainly was. Evita worked her way from poverty to being one of the most influential and powerful women in Argentina and the world.
4. The Costumes
Some of the costumes were simple, yet intentional. Others were bold and stood out. The pink power suit (and matching hat!) Evita wore as she traveled around the world made her look empowered and strong. Also, the tango costumes were just gorgeous. They created a beautiful visual as the dancers moved across the stage.