It had to happen, of course. Not even the most venerable musicals and operas have been immune to the pervasive influence of Millennial culture, and here we have Evita performed in the style of High School Musical. Which isn't to criticise, mind – the show gets a new dimension from the treatment and becomes really good fun, as you will find out when you buy or sell Evita tickets on StubHub.
Don't twerk for me, Argentina
The modern production of Evita has been completely turned the show on its head. Gone are any semblance of costumes for a start: the audience performs in current street clothes, which have been designed to be a strange mixture of teen hipster and inner-city Buenos Aires grit. The latest teen dance moves have been introduced, so there's much twerking and floss dancing, and literally everyone does the shiggy. The performances from the young cast have become rock solid, and all the technical aspects of the original show have been fastidiously preserved. This certainly isn't amateur hour, for all the Millennial ennui that subtly infuses this high-energy show – a sure tribute to the show's production values. More obviously, the Eva Peron portrayed here bears absolutely no resemblance to the original Elaine Paige version. Nor does she have the '80s street smarts and braggadacio of the Madonna vehicle movie. Evita has been portrayed in this musical as the bitchy high school ice-queen. It's a show that definitely bears investigation, so grab some Evita tickets and do just that.
Becoming a worldwide musical sensation
Evita was yet another stunningly successful Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical. It tells the by now well-known story of Eva Peron, the wife of Juan Peron, president of Argentina in the latter part of the 20th century. She became the darling of the entire nation, with nationwide outpourings of grief that were even excessive for Latin America at her funeral. It was originally written only as a rock opera on vinyl but was fashioned into more of a stage production when the soundtrack became wildly successful, thanks in no small part to its anthemic stand-out track, "Don't Cry For Me Argentina", which has now surely become the most performed ballad in the entire world of musical theatre, perhaps rivalled only by "Jerusalem". The show opened in the West End back in 1978. The following year, it made British theatre history by becoming the first musical produced there to win the accolade for Best Musical at the Tony Awards. From there it has only become more successful! Don't miss it this time round – make sure you get your Evita tickets on StubHub.
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