Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic hit musical, Evita returns to the West End starring Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow.
Evita the musical tells the tragic life story of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The musical follows Evita’s early life, her rise to power in 1951 and eventual death in 1952 at the age of 33.
The musical began as a rock opera album released in 1976. Its success led to the show in London at the Prince Edward theatre in 1978, starring Elaine Paige as Eva and David Essex as Che. The show won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical, and on Broadway a year later, it was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical.
The 1996 film of the musical starred Madonna and Antonio Banderas.
The musical was revived in London in 2006 at the Adelphi theatre, and on Broadway in 2012.
Now the show is coming back to London’s West End and rumoured to be heading to the newly refurbished Dominion theatre in 2015 starring Marti Pellow. Lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet, Marti had number one hits in the 80’s and 90’s most notably with ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘Love is All Around’. Subsequently Marti has had solo success and is no stranger to the West End stage having played Billy Flynn in Chicago. More recently Marti has starred as Che in the touring production of Evita the musical.
You can catch Marti and the other Wets as Wet Wet Wet headline various music nights at Epsom and Sandown race courses this summer.
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