Official: EVITA, Starring, Madalena Alberto and Marti Pellow, to Open Sept 16 at the Dominion Theatre
Opening on Tuesday 16 September at the recently refurbished Dominion Theatre, the musical considered by many to be Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's masterwork will play for 55 performances only in the West End, with musical theatre and pop icon Marti Pellow playing Che, and extraordinarily talented newcomer Madalena Alberto in the title role. Press Night: Monday 22 September at 7pm.
With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and the Oscar winning film version starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas, Evita has become iconic. It features some of the most memorable and best loved songs in musical theatre, including 'Don't Cry For Me Argentina', 'On This Night of a Thousand Stars', 'You Must Love Me', and 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall'. Evita charts the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader of the nation'.
Marti Pellow, one of music's most respected artists, plays Che, a character who reflects the voice of the Argentine people - linked to Eva by destiny; he brings conflict to the story of Eva's rise to fame. For over 30 years Marti Pellow has enjoyed global success as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, as a solo artist, and now as one of the UK's most acclaimed and respected leading men of musical theatre. Starring roles include The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago and Blood Brothers. As a solo-singer, recording artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow has enjoyed virtually unrivalled chart success, with over 25 hits and three of the UK's biggest number one singles, including the seminal Love Is All Around. In 2013, after 20 years apart, Wet Wet Wet reunited for a sell-out arena tour.
Madalena Alberto's musical theatre credits include the role of Piaf at the Curve Theatre and Fantine in the 25th Anniversary production of LES MISERABLES. Other roles include Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Carmen Diaz in Fame, Sam in Over the Threshold and Sonia in Godspell. The Portuguese singer-songwriter's first album Don't Cry For Me will be released to coincide with the opening.
The Dominion Theatre is located at 268-269 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 7AQ. The show runs Tuesday 16 September - Saturday 1 November 2014. Times: Mon - Sat @ 7.45pm, Thu & Sat @ 3pm, Mon 22 Sept @ 7pm. Ticket prices: £25 - £65; Under 16s, £10 off top three prices Mon - Thu & Sat Mat. To book, go to www.dominiontheatre.com or call 0845 200 7982.