I previously mentioned that we'd been to see Evita. It occurred to me that I didn't write anything detailed before now. Why not, I wonder? I think it was a combination of two factors. Firstly, it was closing, and so there would be very few people left who might be deciding whether to buy tickets. Secondly, I just felt disappointed.
Evita is one of those things that I'd long been aware of, but had never had any contact with (apart from the odd breakout song). It had somehow become one of 'those' things that had got built up beyond what it actually was - and frankly - it wasn't that good.
I don't quite know why, I really don't, it had all the ingredients, the Argentine actress playing Evita was stunning and the support were good, but still, it just didn't work for me.
I think it was something to do with the plot device of the 'on stage narrator'. The actor in that role did what was asked of him, make no mistake, but I didn't much like what he was being asked to do. It felt like Lloyd Webber at his most clichéd - and I do like some of his other stuff (well, okay, I liked 'Phantom').
The thing has closed now, so I'll not say any more.