One of the best musicals I've seen. I loved the music and the actors.
Look forward to see this on Broadway in 2012 - Morten Aagaard
11 May 11
amzing girl solo was brilliant i really wish i could see it agian its on my favourites and im not the best for that!i am part of a group myself and we do amazing shows but not as mezmorizing as this!
- sophie gallager
06 Jul 08
Leila Ben Harris in Phantom of the opera is dreadful she may be able to hit some very good high notes but she over acts like mad.I went to see phantom on 23 january.08 and she spoilt the song think of me with the way she started it, by trying to act frightend she mad it just sound stupid then she continues to over act all through the rest of the show until she got to wishing you were somehow here again when she spends most of the song throwing her arms up into the air and had her back to the phantom while he is singing to her but.But the worst part was when she was singing past the point of no return,she throws herself about all over the stage and then while the phantom stands behind her while she is sitting down,she throws herself about so much we thought she was going to fall of the seat.when she sings the soft notes she sounds like Bonny Langford whos swollowed some sort of vibrator.Her part in the phantom spoilt the whole evening for my family and i and we felt let down because i have always thought the phantom the best show in the westend. She made it look like an amature production on its first night.She should listen to sarah brightman or the girl in the film because that is how the role is ment to be played.I have seen five others play the part of christine incudeing sarah brightman and Leila Ben Haris just kills the role.I cant see the phantom lasting another 21 years if it casts such bad actors in the roles.This girl would be better off in pantos. - R Etherington
28 Jan 08
Leila Ben Harris- Phanthom. I went on Thursday 3rd January '08 in order to give my children an introdudtion to the theatre. Having seen production, (with different leads) on two previous occasions, my expectations were high. Miss HARRISs' performance exceeded those, whilst sitting in row B i witnessed her focused performance which was delivered with passion and total committment to the character. She has left me in some difficulty as my children, and indeed i will consider that a bench mark for every one else to live up to. Her vocals were controlled yet intoxicating and convicing i'm considering paying a return visit in a weeks time. - Nigel
06 Jan 08
leila ben harris is my cousin abd I tkink she is wonderful - A.B.
14 Dec 07
Mixed feelings. Awful set, it doesn't work. Eva's is portrayed more ruthless than in the Prince version. Good cast bad badly directed, there is not latin feel apart from Elena Roger's great performance. - Fosco
26 May 07
Very Good production - Fred
25 May 07
My Evita review should be 4 stars - Kevin
25 May 07
I've never seen the original production, but I liked this. Very good choreography, some new arrangements giving the show a more latin feel and strong actors leading the show. Elena needs to refine the high notes however. I also think the sets could have been a bit better.
Best thing about the show: Lorna Want singing "another suitcase" - she's young, talented, very attractive and stole the show. Even if the rest of the show had been rubbish, it would have been made up for 10-fold by her wonderful moment in the spotlight. - Kevin
25 May 07
I couldn't compare to Hal Prince's production cause I didn't see it but this revival is quite uninspiring. I have to agree that Elena Roger is amazing in the role and vocally superb but that's unfortunately not enough to save this dull and boring production. I can totally understand why it's closing in less than a year. - Albert R
20 May 07
I went to the matinee performance on Saturday and was very disappointed. It has great performers who can really cut it. I think this is one Andrew Lloyd Webber's finest scores but this production is really bland and poorly directed which is a real pity. The set is really ugly and badly designed. - Anne
14 May 07
This is a fantastic production of a brilliant musical and the volume of negative comments in these reviews astounds me.
The domineering but remarkably simple set provides a highly effective backdrop to the story of Eva Peron who, at the performance I saw, was played by Yvette Robinson. Although she lacked power at times her performance was extremely energetic, her dancing outstanding and her acting was excellent. In particular her rendition of 'You Must Love Me' was beautifully performed.
Phillip Quast has a wonderful voice which is underused in this production but he nevertheless played Peron with gusto and had an excellent rapport with Ms Robinson.
Star of the show was undoubtably Matt Rawle who plays the narrator, Che, incredibly well. He has a fine voice and his acting was faultless.
Greg Castiglioni played Magaldi with the right amount of comedy and Lorna Want almost stole the show with her heartbreaking redition of 'Another Suitcase in Another Hall'.
The excellent choreography and confident direction toegther helped to keep the momentum going and the only disappointment was the 'Waltz for Eva and Che' which lacked the power and energy of the rest of the production. - M George
11 May 07
oh boy, I'm going to see this tonight and am begining to wish I had bought tickets for Les Mis again. - Sue
11 May 07
I loved the original Hal Prince production, it was going to be a tough act to follow. I was at last night's show and I really liked Elena Roger, her performance was great. I liked her approach to the character. A couple of choreographic numbers are also good. Unfortunately the rest of the production is very bland and uninspired. Not surprised it's closing so soon. - bert
10 May 07
I think it's a crying shame that this magnificent production is closing after less than a year. This imaginative, downright thrilling evocation of Argentina circa 1930s-50s, graced by ALW's finest score, still packs a hell of a punch. Was bowled over by Elena Roger in the title role but have to say I was equally impressed by her new alternate, Yvette Robinson, in the role. With a stunning voice, riveting stage presence, and a very fine actress, this is a star performance of the highest order. She has a stronger rapport with Philip Quast's excellent Peron than I've seen before, and genuinely brings new dimensions to the part. She should be given her own starring role in a new production asap. In the meantime, whichever Evita you catch during the last few weeks, you will see a cracking performance. - ajh
09 May 07
I saw the show last Saturday and thought it was weak. I'm not sure about the new orchestrations either. Elena Roger does a great job as Eva but that's unfortunately not enough to save this very bland production. - Phil Thompson
05 May 07
2 stars for the orchestra and the obvious talents of Elena Roger and Philip Quast. But both are sadly wasted in this rather flimsy, cheap-looking am-dram production. "The best show in town was the croud outside the Casa Rosada" - Oh really? What - a dozen members of the chorus waving hankies??? Absolutely shocking, and I'm very glad I paid half-price otherwise I'd have been asking for a refund.
The main problem is that this is more of a "Greatest Hits" collection rather than an attempt to tell the story of Eva Peron. Her background, rise as an actress and Peron's similarly shady past are glossed over in a production which seems to be in a tremendous hurry to get to the curtain.
I know it's late in the run, but for a professional show in the West End there is no excuse for such shoddyness. Matt Rawle - I can't believe he gets so much praise in the reviews below - is physically awkward, lacking in any personality, looks like he needs a good wash, and seems to be the only member of the cast with a strange nasal Mancunian accent. Isn't it supposed to be set in Argentina?
Oh - and the ugly child in the "Santa Eva" number cocked up her words, giggled, and had to be carried off, ruining any impact the scene may have had.
Alan Parker's movie may have it's faults, but the full movie score is still the best version of this terrific work in terms of casting, performances and genuine emotion. - Kevin Cooke
03 May 07
Dreadful, terrible, awful and very boring. Pity because it has 3 great leads who are completely wasted. - Alice Drapes
20 Apr 07
What an excellent production. Elena is stunning and her voice superb, Matt is just jaw dropping at everything and I was left feeling like I'd seen a proper musical and not just a show that is drabbed together with a hit title from a movie or something.
I understand why its closing, its not a bg enough show and has been lost within a west end buzzing with new shows. But I advise people, go see it before it closes. The dancing is brilliant and can not be faulted. - Marcs
19 Apr 07
I saw it last night and thought it was disappointing. Not crazy about the orchestrations. It was quite boring in spite of a good cast especially Elena Roger and Matt Rawle. I won't be seeing it again. - Martin N
17 Apr 07
Purely amazing. - B. Inky
16 Apr 07
I saw it and I got mixed feelings. I saw the great original production many times. Phil Quast is ok. Matt Rawle take on Che is fine. Gary Milner also good. Lorna Want was a decent Mistress. Fine ensemble. Elena Roger is brilliant. So I wonder why this production left me so cold. The direction is awful, the sets rubbish and the pace boring. a wasted opportunity. - Meryl Reed
23 Mar 07
Just saw it. I'm disappointed. The beginning is boring and confusing. The show gets better with Buenos Aires but then Goodnight and Thank You doesn't work. The rest of the first act is really dull and badly staged. Act 2 is worst. - Audra
20 Mar 07
I saw this last week. Elena Roger was brilliant but the music had some awful arrangements, Matt Rawle sings well but his acting choices were wrong. The set just looks dull and out of place. The whole beginning is badly staged and it's really boring. - Rebs
09 Mar 07
Another return visit courtesy og GILT (great seats by the way) which confirmed my first impressions of this excellent revival: Philip Quast is wasted; Matt Rawle is superb; and a huge bit of star "qualiteeee" in the tiny form of Elena Roger. It is also rather endearing that her accent remains as impenetrable as before. The first half is exhilarating and flies by and although the momentum drops a bit in the second half it is very impressive now Tim Rice's clever lyrics mange to convey so much of Argentine society, politics and corruption. I am surprised Evita is to close after less than a year as it still seems to be doing good business, albeit with widespread discounts. Presumably the producers have concluded that Elena Roger is irreplaceable. David Baxter (6.3.07) - David Baxter
07 Mar 07
What a disappointing show. The singing was fine, the music ok but sounds dated, as for the acting apart from the fantastic lead Elena Roger, I didn't care for anybody else. - Lana
20 Feb 07
Evita was the first 'proper' musical I ever saw in London on a school trip in the early eighties. Saw it again more recently on tour in Manchester, so I was really looking forward to this new production and to seeing Elena Roger taking the lead role.
Wasn't advised that Elena would be on holiday on the date I was booking 5/1/07, so it was a huge disapointment to turn up and find Abbie Osman standing in.
Found the whole show to be distinctly average and was dismayed to find ourselves being ushered back out into the street by 9.30pm !
Maybe there was something better on TV that night that the cast didn't want to miss ? Kind of wish I'd saved my £55 and stayed home to watch it too ! - Andrew Hill
Whatsonstage.com - Discount London theatre tickets, theatre news and reviews, Theatre videos, Theatre discussion, National Theatre Listings. Covering London's West End, all of Theatreland and all UK theatre. The best
for London Theatre Ticket Discounts.