Posted by: Patrick
December 4, 2013
Last night, I successfully tied a bowtie by myself for only the second time in my life. What better way to celebrate this monumental moment than seeing an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tony Award-winning musical in Tempe?
Last night was also the opening night of EVITA at the famed ASU Gammage. Going into the show, here’s what I knew: Madonna sang that song about it a while ago. Also, I think Patti Lupone (are you impressed I know who that is?) was in it at some point.
The entire performance is a musical. Unlike other musicals I’ve seen, where there’s bright lights, funny songs, colorful costumes along with some dialogue, this show lacks all those things. The best comparison I think of is Les Miserables. If you seen that show/movie, you know that all the “talking” is done through song. Same thing with EVITA. There isn’t much to the set design either. THE LION KING has many different and elaborate set designs for various scenes of the show. You won’t get that with EVITA. The main focus of the show is the actors on the stage and what they’re saying. There’s nothing else to distract you if you get bored. Depending on what kind of a theatre goer you are, this could be a good thing or a bad thing.
Overall, I thought the show was okay. I’ll admit that I didn’t fall in love with it but I also didn’t hate it. The singing is incredible – obviously, the performers have to be amazing if they’re doing nothing but singing to each other for two hours – so I really enjoyed that. If you decide to see it, EVITA will be playing at ASU Gammage through December 8th. Tickets are available at www.asugammage.com.
If you go, I’m really curious to know what you thought of it. So let me know. You can either leave a comment on the YouTube video below, leave feedback here on the blog or tweet at me.
For more information about ASU Gammage and Tempe events, feel free to visit the Tempe Tourism Office website or just give us a call at 800-283-6734.