This week, theatergoers at the Ordway are being transported to Buenos Aires with the help of the high polished cast of EVITA. The production played Minneapolis in February, and after nearly a year on the road, it would be easy for the actors to become stale in their roles. Not this cast. Each actor is fresh and breathes life into their character and the show overall.
Caroline Bowman is a showstopper as Eva Perón. The role isn’t easy. Eva is on stage almost the entire show. Add in fantastic dance numbers, quick changes and non-stop singing and it would be understandable if her energy level was lagging by the end of the show. Not only does she maintain her energy to the very end, but as Eva’s health is failing Bowman steps up her game and brings raw emotions to a woman realizing her dreams are fading.
Che may be a fictional character created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to narrate Eva’s story, but Josh Young brings the character to life. The Tony Award nominee has a commanding stage presence that isn’t lost in everything taking part on stage. Krystina Alabado is tender and vulnerable as the Mistress in “Another Suitcase in Another Hall”.
Rob Ashford doesn’t disappoint with his gorgeous choreography. Each dance is full of Tango inspirations and is performed with such precision and grace adding another dimension to the story of Eva Perón. Christopher Oram’s scenic design is simple, but grand. Paired with Neil Austin’s lighting design, each scene creates a beautifully crafted masterpiece that envokes the streets and buildings of Buenos Aires in the 1940’s.
EVITA continues performances at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts through Sunday, August 17. For more information on the show visit the Ordway’s site here.