Review: EvitaBy Laura & Mike Clark • Oct 27th, 2005 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of the touring company version of Evita [MP3 3:47 3.5MB].
Laura: And we are talking about the Broadway touring company’s performance of Evita that’s performing at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, Maryland tonight.
Mike: Yep, tonight was opening night. It’s playing for the next two weeks at the Hippodrome. You can go to broadwayacrossamerica.com for ticket information
Laura: This is a special edition because this is a commercial company instead of the local community theaters that we’ve been doing.
Mike: This is the first profesional company we’ve been to in 4 or 5 months. We saw Lion King in Baltimore back in early Summer. This is the first professional one we’ve been to since then. So we had high hopes. We hadn’t seen Evita before perfomed. Laura had seen the movie with Madonna.
Laura: Several years ago, but had forgotten what the storyline is about so we went to opening night performance.
Mike: Basic story is the story of Eva Peron and the country of Argentina and their love affair with her and how she was great and this and that. Great story, got great reviews in the past, unfortunately maybe opening night problems but we couldn’t hear.
Laura: We ended up leaving at intermission because neither one of us had a clue what they were singing about.
Mike: Some of the songs were ok, but most of them were muddy. It was just kind of garbled. I don’t know if there was a dead speaker near us or what was happening because last year we had season tickets at the Hippodrome and saw 7 great shows and had no trouble. Had the same basic seats and had no trouble. So something funny was going on tonight. I don’t know what it was.
Laura: Yes, but it was very muddy. The narrator I think was actually the clearest one of all of them and even he had problems being understood at some points.
Mike: Another thing that was distracting and this is something that could happen at any productiion. We could hear the backstage people. We were near the control booth at the back of the theater and we could hear them giving directions. “Turn on the lights, turn off the lights. Move the light to number 4.” Things like that and that was distracting as well. So you combine the two things: a muddy sound effect and backstage sound and it just kind of spoiled the mood. So we really can’t tell you anything about the show. I did like staging of some of the numbers. There were a couple marching sequences where you had the army marching with the rich people and they danced around the stage in form. The opening was interesting with the movie theater and the people being informed that Eva Peron had died and that was a good way to kind of pull us in.
Laura: The singing was good and the voices were good. But you couldn’t understand what they were saying . You could tell they were with the music, but it was hard.
Laura: It was hard.
Mike: So that’s Evita playing at the Hippodrome in Baltimore for the next two weeks Mondays they’re off. So if you’re in the area drop by, but don’t know what to expect. It’s the first time we’ve ever had sound problems.
Laura: Yes, I would agree. And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.