It’s Double Take December at Musical Cyberspace! Every musical pretty much has something one likes and something one doesn’t in it. This month I’ll be listing one of each for a range of musicals, a different one each day.
Something I Like: I love how the show treats Eva Peron as, in Tim Rice’s words, “a fabulous bitch”. Duality is huge part of who she was. Even today, her reputation is obscured by the conflicting perspectives held of her by different groups of people. Add a rocking score – albeit one with some odd uses of motif – to that and you’ve got a winner of a show, one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best. Oh – and, from a performer’s perspective, it’s a great show in which to be in the ensemble. There is so much to do!
Something I Don’t Like: I’ve never much liked the “Montage” at the end of the show. I’ve always wondered whether it’s a satisfying choice dramatically. It certainly can be staged effectively as as a kind of coup de théâtre, as it was conceived in Hal Prince’s original production, and be theatrically satisfying – but that’s a slightly different thing. The film dispensed with it and – despite a number of other major flaws – did not feel incomplete without it. To me, the piece is merely a shortcut between Eva’s collapse and the “Lament”.
Feel free to share your “double take” on Evita in the comment box!