LEADING lady Madalena Alberto stole the hearts of the audience at the Sunderland Empire’s opening night of Evita.
The star portrayed actress turned political figure Eva Peron in the story of her life.
It was as gritty as it was glitzy, and it certainly didn’t pull any punches when it detailed the more sordid details of Eva’s life.
The show has no dialogue and the story is delivered entirely through song.
At times, diction wasn’t great and the words were a little hard to understand and therefore it was difficult to know exactly what was going on.
But overall, the story was quite easy to follow, and even people with no prior knowledge would get it.
Marti Pellow (in the guise of Che Guevara) acts as a narrator throughout the show, which also stars Andrew C Wadsworth as Peron.
The show is glamorous. Its costumes and elaborate set are gorgeous and eye-catching.
Each of the stars do a fantastic job and the ensemble brilliantly portray a wide variety of characters, but it was definitely Alberto who captured the audience’s attention.
The actress has a stunning voice and can really belt out those big notes required for songs like Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and You Must Love Me.
She brought the audience to their feet in a thoroughly-deserved standing ovation.
Evita runs until Saturday. To book tickets, go to the theatre’s website.