I’m Jewish, so growing up, Fiddler was always being quoted around the house. I used to watch the film with my grandma.
Evita returns to the Edinburgh Playhouse with more than a little starryness about the turns, to match the starry nature of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical. Bill Kenwright’s touring production, last seen at the Playhouse in February 2014, gives a strong sense of the operatic to the late seventies show.
The rags to riches story of Eva Peron charting her rise from poverty as a child to the first lady of Argentina has been wowing audiences worldwide since its conception in 1976. The musical written by the award winning duo Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber takes the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions and is as relevant now as it was when it was first written.
It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange – but Evita in 1978 was the last show co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Despite their later separate successes, it remains an often-overlooked triumph – a near-operatic, through-sung construction, and a fine combination of musicality with a genuinely fascinating, historically accurate story.