I've just got back fromm watching the touring production of Evita in Woking, which was absolutely fantastic - and was starring Seamus! Somehow this was a complete surprise to me...I knew that Seamus was going to be starring in a
production of Evita but for some reason my brain didn't make the connection at all until we were arriving at the theatre and I saw a poster much like this one and thought 'hmm, I recognise that name. ...and that face... OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD',
He was really good anyway. The beginning seemed a little dodgy - maybe because he'd decided play the role as a cynic making fun of proceedings which I wasn't expecting, and I also felt like he was overacting a bit...but that could easily be because we were RIGHT AT THE FRONT YAY and he was trying to give gestures and expressions that would still be clearly visible from the back. As the show went on he really seemed to settle into things though, and he really commanded the stage. I could hardly stop watching him, although that may be because he's cute as well. Though surprisingly short (I assume that this is the case, and not that the rest of the male cast were unnaturally tall). I can't help thinking that is must be a pain to have to be on stage pretty much the entire time, every night, watching, reacting to and commenting on proceedings even at points when you're not meant to be the centre of attention but he definitely seemed really in character.
As for Louise Dearman playing Evita, she was absolutely amazing - beautiful beautiful voice. I almost cried during her death scene. If you're in England and have the chance to go see it I'd definitely recommend it anyway - my mum's seen the show three or four times now, including when Che was being played by David Essex, and she reckons this was the best one. And I'm on a musical high right now :)