Last night I had the most amazing theater experience …. maybe ever. I saw the Broadway national touring production of Evita at The Academy of Music in Philly.
It. Was. Amazing.
I may be slightly obsessed with the story of Evita. I fell in love with the music back in 1996 before I ever saw the movie, and I adored the movie. You may remember, there was a big brew-ha-ha over Madonna playing the part of the infamous Eva Perón. For the record, she nailed it.
When I heard that Evita was coming to Philly, I immediately emailed my husband and asked him if we could buy tickets. Before we had the chance, my friend Sarah received two press tickets to the show and asked me if I wanted to join her. I reworked my calendar so I could go because I was not about to miss that opportunity.
If we had a free evening, I’d buy tickets and go back and see it again this weekend. It was that good.
For me, the role of Che (he is the narrator, for the uninitiated) stole the show. As much as I adore Evita’s parts and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina gives me cold chills, the real star of the show in my opinion was Josh Young. He was phenomenal and his voice made me weep. I don’t think I was the only one who felt that way because when he appeared at the end to take his bow, about half the audience jumped to their feet. When Eva (Caroline Bowman) joined him, anyone left sitting was soon standing as well.
I typically do not enjoy musicals where every word is sung, but it works for Evita. It is described as more of a rock opera than musical, which is probably why I love it so much. The music just gets me at the very core. For some strange reason that I can’t quite identify, And The Money Kept Rolling In was my favorite piece last night.
Not only did we enjoy the show from a great pair of seats on the floor of this historic theater, we were invited up to the ballroom before the musical for complimentary drinks. It was fun to catch up with a few of our Philly Social Media Moms.
When we arrived, there were flamenco dancers performing in front of the theater, and “Evita” was waving from the balcony.
It was a fun way to set the tone for the night.
If you live in Philly, please make every effort to see this show. It was stellar. And now I’m off to download the soundtrack to my iTunes account!