Tara Moran’s spectacular performance in the title role is only one of the reasons to see The Theatre Company’s latest gem, Evita.
The cast, costumes, choreography, music and direction combine for a biographical bombshell that is guaranteed to provoke a plethora of emotional reactions.
All these elements are underlined in the musical’s most famous moment. Moran glides onto the balcony of the Casa Rosada in a stunning white gown and sings Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina, to the adoring fans below. Moran makes the song a powerful condensation of the character’s life. In the background, Clint Compton as Juan Peron stands at attention in reverence for his wife’s crowd appeal.
Compton makes an impressive Peron, singing all his numbers with a Spanish accent. His devotion to his ambitious spouse is never in doubt.
Fatima Sauceda delivers the forlorn Another Suitcase in Another Hall with beautiful feeling, and Justin Dollar’s rendition of On This Night of a Thousand Stars makes it clear why the women are attracted to this tango singer.
Blake Whitaker’s pure tenor is just right for High Flying Adored.
Khara Emmitte’s choreography is nothing less than amazing, with due credit given to the dancers. The movements of the aristocrats at the charity concert and the marching of the military officers while dismissing Evita as just another one of Peron’s bimbos are mesmerizing. Director Randy Wilson stages the rally ending Act I with pulse-pounding bravado.
Evita is a world away from Beauty and the Beast, but the excellence of each production shows what a treasure the community has in The Theatre Company.
Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Feb. 26; and 2 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Tejas Center, Texas Avenue at Villa Maria Road. Tickets are $10 for evening shows and $8 for matinees at the Arts Council of Brazos Valley (696-2787).