Archivo de la etiqueta: Madalena Alberto

Las divas de ‘Broadway & West End Divas’ en concierto en el Festival Jardins de Pedralbes de Barcelona

El próximo viernes 7 de julio a las 22h, se celebrará el concierto ‘Broadway & West End Divas’ en el Festival Jardins de Pedralbes de Barcelona, una cita muy especial para los amantes del teatro musical en la ciudad. En el espectáculo participarán cuatro invitadas de lujo: Madalena Alberto, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Rachel Tucker y Marisha Wallace, acompañadas por una orquestra sinfónica de 45 músicos.

A tres meses de que llegue este día, ¿quiénes son estas divas?

 

MADALENA ALBERTO

No puedo ser imparcial con ella, los lectores de este blog ya lo sabéis. Para mi es una de las voces más personales, preciosas, intensas y emotivas de Londres. La descubrí con ‘Evita’ en el Dominion Theatre, no me la podía perder como Grizabella en ‘Cats’ y disfruté de su concierto en el St. James Theatre. Madalena ha realizado varios conciertos en Barcelona y espero que el siguiente sea muy pronto (a parte de ‘Broadway & West End Divas’, claro).

Madalena no solo ha participado en una larga lista de musicales como ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, ‘Fame’, ‘Zorro the Musical’, ‘Edith Piafh’ o ‘The War of the Worlds’, sino que también sobresale su faceta como cantautora y compositora. Sin menospreciar las demás divas ni mucho menos, para mi ya solo con la participación de Madalena Alberto, este concierto es imprescindible. Soy muy fan de ella.

 

VICTORIA HAMILTON-BARRITT

Esta diva también es de las grandes de Londres. Una de sus últimas producciones fue ‘Murder Blallad’ en el Arts Theatre con, ni más ni menos, Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo y Norman Bowman, ¡casi nada! Por su actuación recibió la nominación como mejor actriz de reparto en un musical en los Olivier Awards. Es gracioso porque en casa tengo un vaso del ‘Theatre Café’ de ‘Murder Ballad’ donde aparece ella, claro.

Esta actriz británica debutó en el West End con ‘Mamma Mia’ y también participó en ‘Fame’, el tour internacional de ‘West Side Story’, ‘Gypsy’ en el Leicester Curve y en ‘In The Heights’. Yo tuve la suerte de verla actuar como Daniela en el King’s Cross Theatre, cuando estaba muy embarazada, con una tripa enorme. Que esta pedazo de actriz y cantante visite nuestro país es una oportunidad que no se puede perder.


RACHEL TUCKER

Esta actriz irlandesa es de sobras conocida por todos los amantes de musicales y, sobre todo, de ‘Wicked’. Es la actriz que ha actuado durante más tiempo como Elphaba en el Apollo Victoria Theatre de Londres y también ha actuado en el mismo papel en Broadway.

Participó en el reality show ‘I’d Do Anything’ de la BBC (¡con Samantha Barks!). El objetivo de este programa era el de encontrar la actriz que interpretaría Nancy en el revival del musical ‘Oliver’ en el West End. Finalmente, ganó Jodie Prenger. En el caso de Rachel Tucker, interpretó canciones de musicales como ‘The Way We Were’, ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Memory’ o ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’, ¿con qué canciones nos enamorará en el concierto de divas en Barcelona? Ya queda menos para saberlo.

MARISHA WALLACE

En la actualidad está trabajando en Londres, en el musical ‘Dreamgirls’, que se estrenó a finales del año pasado en el Savoy Theatre. Es la primera vez que este espectáculo se representa en el West End y la verdad es que había muchas ganas y emociones por verlo. Está protagonizado por Amber Riley como Effie White y Marisha Wallace es su alternante, las dos comparten el papel, con lo que podemos hacernos una idea de su talento.

Marisha viene originalmente de Broadway y allá ha formado parte del original cast de ‘Something Rotten!’, uno de los mayores éxitos de la cartelera del 2015, y el último espectáculo de Disney, ‘Aladdin’. También ha participado en el primer tour en Estados Unidos de ‘The Book Of Mormon’. Con su trayectoria en Broadway y el West End, qué ilusión que ella visite nuestro país.

 

Las entradas para ‘Broadway & West End Divas’ se pueden comprar ya en la página web oficial del Festival Jardins de Pedralbes, con un precio que oscila entre 18€ (visibilidad nula) y 198€ (Premium). ¡Que vivan los musicales y viva las divas!

 

Cesar

‘Cats’ is really beautiful and emotional

Picture from the official webpage of 'Cats, the musical' in London

Picture from the official webpage of ‘Cats, the musical’ in London

Cats’ is probably one of the most popular British classics in musical theatre. The show was back last year in London with lots of expectations and this year is back again. I went to see the show in January for the first time with my boyfriend and we cried watching Nicole Scherzinger performing ‘Memory’. You can check the review here. When I knew that ‘Cats’ was coming back for a limited time again I knew that I would see the show one more time for sure. This time, Beverley Knight is Grizabella, but the fantastic Madalena Alberto is the alternate in some of the performances. I love both actresses so much but, if I can choose, I prefer to see Madalena. So I booked my tickets and I brought my sister with me this time, to discover the Jellicle Cats story.

The musical is very unusual and unique. It’s the story of the Jellicle Cats. They meet at the Jellicle Ball to find which cat will be reborn in a new and exciting life. All the cats meet there and discuss who can be the chosen one. It’s a musical created by Andrew Lloyd Webber inspired in the poem book ‘Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats’ by T. S. Elliot. There are a lot of different characters but the most important we could say it’s Grizabella, because she appears many times (my sister was complaining that not too much) and she has a story more complex and developed.

The story is a mixture of characters, scenes and emotions. You feel like a kid with Mr. Mistoffelees or very nostalgic with Grizabella. You feel scared with Macavity and funny with Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer. All the characters have a lot of personality and give so many emotions that you can feel it without any problem. The show is very poetic, the lyrics are difficult to get if you’re not an English speaker, but you feel it anyway, somehow. That’s why ‘Cats’ it’s so magical and unique, because it’s so beautiful to see that moves you and changes you. It’s different than lots of musicals made today but it’s so wonderful that it’s a must see, without doubt.

I am very glad to have seen the show twice, because I felt lots of different emotions and enjoyed the effects and choreographies again. The dancers are fantastic, they really look like cats, they dance, move and perform as they were real cats and that’s fantastic and beautiful to see. This time I was at the Royal Circle and I could see the whole stage very well and very close to the actors, I was really surprised and excited. From my perspective I could watch the choreographies in a better way than I saw last year, at the stalls, with the Day Seats. I know all the songs already and it’s one of the best creations of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This new production of ‘Cats’ incorporates a few changes. Basically effects, you can see a new Heaviside Layer that it’s amazing. Or ‘Gus: The Theatre Cat’, that you can see the theatre where he was performing. Again, I must say that the worst thing from this production is Rum Tum Tugger. It’s worst than I remembered. I didn’t like it at all, for me it breaks the charming and the innocence of the rest of the show. All the musical is made with lots of beautiful and simple melodies, so I didn’t like the hip hop rhythms, I can’t understand why they did that. Of course is not a problem of the actor, who does his best singing and dancing, but what were the creators thinking? Probably they were trying to make the show appealing for some young audiences, but it didn’t work for me.

Picture from the official Facebook of Madalena Alberto

Picture from the official Facebook of Madalena Alberto

Grizabella is one of my favourite characters in musicals. She used to be very glamorous but now she’s old, she has lost her sparkle. She is so dramatic, beautiful and passionate, with one of the better hits like ‘Memory’. For this production, her dress and makeup is fantastic, I think it’s stunning. She looks like an unkempt cat, with lot of attitude and sadness at the same time. Last year, Nicole Scherzinger and Kerry Ellis performed as Grizabella. This year it’s the turn of Beverley Knight (which I discovered in ‘Memphis’) and the super talented Madalena Alberto.

I love Madalena Alberto so much, as you know already, so of course I couldn’t wait to see her performing ‘Memory’ and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I felt lots of emotions impregnating my soul. I love her voice so much and it fits really well as Grizabella. She sings ‘The Glamour Cat’ and then ‘Memory’ twice. I wish she was more on stage, but that’s the show, her character isn’t really loved by the rest of cats, so she is hiding all the time. Madalena is a great performer, she was walking slowly, as an old cat, and you could see that she is really enjoying the show. I am very glad for her that she achieved a musical as ‘Cats’. She is performing every Wednesday at the matinee show, so if you can get some tickets I truly recommend it. She is very good doing roles that die. I’m joking, she is fantastic.

Cats’ is a great musical, you can learn a lot of it. Also, you can enjoy it and feel lots of emotions. The best is to watch the actors and actresses dancing and acting as cats. And of course, it’s a privilege to listen to some fantastic songs like ‘Memory’, ‘Macavity: The Mystery Cat’ or ‘Jellicle Songs For Jellicle Cats’ (and many more). The musical will be at the London Palladium until the 2nd January 2016. Don’t miss it this time!

Picture from the official webpage of 'Cats, the musical' in London

Picture from the official webpage of ‘Cats, the musical’ in London

Cesar

Madalena was stunning at St. James Theatre

Madalena Alberto performed on 25th July at St. James Theatre

Madalena Alberto performed on 25th July at St. James Theatre

This post is a kind of a review but also a story about beautiful coincidences, connections, musicals and love. Yesterday night I had the privilege to see Madalena Alberto live in concert at the St. James Theatre. It was such a wonderful night, set with great songs, amazing guests, fantastic musical direction and the extraordinary voice of Madalena.

The concert was prepared in two acts. The first one included more songs from musicals such ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘On My Own’ and a medley from ‘Evita’. The second act, after the break, she delighted us with some of her own songs. She proved the whole audience that she is a complete artist, she has an amazing voice but also knows how to write music and play acoustic guitar.

Madalena Alberto is an artist from Portugal. She has developed her career in United Kingdom performing in several musicals like the 25th Anniversary Production of ‘Les Misérables’ playing Fantine in 2009, but also she has been in ‘PIAF’, ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Zorro, the Musical’, ‘Fame’ and the last production of ‘Evita’, starring Eva Perón.

She has an amazing range of voice. Is nothing you can feel on videos, you need to see it live. She is very passionate, I was very close to the stage and I could feel all her emotions while she was singing, she sings from her heart and her voice is so touching and moving. It was a unique experience that I hope I can repeat someday. I loved to see her enjoying the lyrics and the music, carrying away with the emotions and giving all her best to the audience. I’m willing to see her performing in another musical someday too.

The concert was great and also funny. Madalena is a very talkative woman; she was always making some jokes and explaining a lot of anecdotes. She introduced most of the songs with an explanation of why is important to her in her life and career.

Picture by Daniel while he was watching it on Streaming. Sorry for the quality!

Picture by Daniel while he was watching it on Streaming. Sorry for the quality!

Madalena performed all alone, with Alfonso Casado playing the piano, most of the songs. But she was joined but some great guests such as Simon Bailey, Celi O’Connor, Sophie Evans, Jade Anouka and Sam Cassidy. And a band formed by Zivorad Nikolic (accordion), Ed Parry (saxophone) and Aram Zarikian (percussion). I’m sure that all the audience spend a great night, overwhelmed with so much talent on that stage, enjoying good songs and voices.

Last October I went to see ‘Evita’ at the Dominion Theatre. I was so excited because I finally could see this famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber live. There, I discovered Madalena Alberto for the first time. I was so impressed, so in love with her voice that I started to follow her on Twitter and Facebook to keep updated about her performances and shows.

Madalena Signature

The album ‘Don’t Cry For Me’ was signed in Barcelona in March 2015

She suddenly announced that she was about to perform in Barcelona. Sadly I missed it, because I’m not living in Barcelona for now, but my boyfriend does, so he went to see her (because I told him: “you’ll love her, she is the kind of singer you like, don’t you dare miss it!”). I was lucky that I could see it on streaming from my home in London. I wrote a comment saying that I was willing to be there, because my boyfriend was on the crowd and they read it. So Madalena made a few jokes about it, asking who was that boyfriend on the audience. It’s an insignificant anecdote, but very special and important for us. There were lots of comments, why did they choose mine? It’s an experience that we won’t forget.

Madalena announced a few months later that she was preparing a concert in London. I decided that this time I wouldn’t miss it. The whole performance was extraordinary, as I expected. After discovering her on ‘Evita’, I realised how talented is this woman. She dances, performs, sings and writes. Is there anything she can’t do? At the end I finally met her and I explained my story again and I was so surprised that she remembered! She meets lots of people, how is it possible that she remembers us? We took a picture and she signed a CD for us. She is very nice and kind, she really looks after people and fans.

Madalena CD

The EP ‘Heart Condition’ was signed in London in July 2015

I’m very glad to finally have seen Madalena Alberto in concert, to discover all the songs related to her career, to enjoy her voice live and, of course, to meet her. I recommend you to discover her too, to listen her songs, to love her voice and meet her if you can too in any of her concerts.

Also, in case you are reading this, thank you very much Madalena for giving Daniel and me some hope, inspiration and a wonderful experience that we won’t forget. We promise that we will follow you and admire all your success and songs. And, of course, the next concert we will come together and we’ll take a picture all 3. Love you lots!

Cesar & Madalena Alberto

Cesar

Happy, but not in love, with ‘Evita’

Evita’ is back in London, in the Dominion Theatre for just 55 performances. It’s a production on tour, that’s why the show is just for a few weeks in London. I’m so happy I finally could see the musical. But I must recognise that I was a little bit scared, because the reviews weren’t as good as I expected. I must say that I liked it, I didn’t love it, but I had a good night, that’s the minimum I ask from a musical. I was completely surprised and amazed by Madalena Alberto, who plays Eva Perón, and really disappointed with Marti Pellow, playing Ché.

This musical was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and started their performances at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1978. Since then, there have been different productions and many revivals in the UK, Broadway and around the world. The musical is based in Eva Perón’s life, an argentine political leader, wife of President Juan Perón.

Eva had a poor family, but she went to Buenos Aires to work as an actress. She became famous and she met Juan Perón. With him, her political career was focused on the poor people and the women. She created a Foundation to help society with schools, hospitals and all people living in vulnerable conditions. She was a spiritual leader in Argentina, but died in 1952 ill of a cancer.

Evita 2014

After long time searching for the DVD of the movie, I found it a few weeks ago. I was so happy, because I wanted to know the story of Eva Perón and see one of the most important British musicals. I must say that I was quite disappointed, because I’m not sure if I like Eva or not. In the movie, Madonna, who is playing the main role, looks so arrogant, as a person who does whatever she can to have power. But in the show, Madalena Alberto performs a completely different Evita. She looks like an innocent girl who fights for poor people by heart. So it’s a character you love and understand. I enjoyed more the play than the movie.

But I don’t know what to think about Eva Perón. Of course it’s because I don’t know much about her, I just discovered her story watching the musical. She visited Spain in 1947 when the fascist dictator Francisco Franco was in the Government. It shocked me a lot, but in the musical is just a part of a song, is not much important. Watching the movie I was so confused, Eva Perón seemed to me as a bitch, so I couldn’t understand why was she so important. Why a musical about her? But in the play she’s different. She looks kind, sometimes innocent and humble. I had the feeling that she really cared about people. Now I understand why Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted to create a show about her. The character of Ché was different as well. In the movie, Antonio Banderas is like an antagonist, against Evita all the time. In the play, Marti Pellow just tells the story, nothing else.

Evita Dominion 3

For me, the best of this production is Madalena Alberto. She is absolutely amazing; she has a wonderful voice and range. This Portuguese artist has been in different musicals in the West End before, like ‘Jekyll and Hyde’, ‘Godspell’ or ‘Les Misérables’. I didn’t know her before, and I was completely fascinated. I understood everything, all her feelings, all her actions and emotions. It really moved me, so I can’t complain about her at all. I enjoyed ‘Evita’ because of her.

But Marti Pellow’s performance was really disappointing. By far, is the worst of this production of ‘Evita’. I feel so bad saying that, because he has a very successful career as a singer, but his voice didn’t sound good to me. The song ‘And The Money Kept Rolling In And Out’ sounded strange, it was so weird the way he performed it. Marti Pellow’s performance wasn’t good as well. His physical posture was rigid all the time; he didn’t transmit any feeling to me.

The musical numbers were really good. All the group choreographies were amazing, all the company dancing ‘Buenos Aires’ was amazingly beautiful. I enjoyed the chorus songs and Evita’s solos. Madalena singing ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ is absolutely shocking. Her voice is really powerful, I loved her performance too. But I also enjoyed the Finale and ‘You Must Love Me’. But, one of the best moments for me of the show was ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ performed by Sarah McNicholas. She moved me a lot; I enjoyed the song so much, is one of my favourite songs from musical from now on.

The first act was the best for me. It was pure entertainment, discovering the young Evita, moving to Buenos Aires and meeting Juan Perón for the first time. The second act, all her political career was good, but not as good as the first part. Sometimes it was quite boring. I think I enjoyed more the songs from the first part than the second. Sometimes the show reminded me ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: the style, the rock, the passion and the way how the songs tell the story.

But we need to talk about the Spanish. I know that most of the actors don’t speak Spanish. It was funny to listen ‘Buenos Airis’ instead of ‘Buenos Aires’. It was so hard for me to understand ‘Santa Santa Evita, madre de todos los niños, de los tiranizados, de los descamisados. De los trabajadores de la Argentina’. I can’t complain about the pronunciation because my English pronunciation is not good as well. And in Spain, you can hear Spanish singers singing in English and you can have a heart attack. But there are some important mistakes in the banners.

Evita Dominion 2In the scene where Juan Perón is jailed, all the people go on a strike asking for his release. In one of the banners you can read ‘Liberan Perón’. That’s not correct, because it means ‘They set free Perón’ and that’s not what happened yet, they are asking to release him. The correct sentence would be ‘Liberen Perón’. Then, when he is finally released (don’t worry, it’s not an important spoiler) there’s an argentine flag where you can read something like ‘Perón es el FUTURA presidente’. I’m not sure that’s the message, because from my seat I couldn’t see it properly. Anyway, if we are talking about Juan Perón, the sentence would be ‘Perón es el FUTURO presidente’ and if we are talking about Eva, the sentence would be ‘Perón es la FUTURA presidenta’. I would like to know what was really written in that flag, is in the balcony at the end of the act 1. I think it’s important to check these small details for a production that is playing in the West End.

I think that ‘Evita’ is a great show. The story is epic and the songs are powerful. I am so happy to have seen finally this musical live, even in a small production on tour. I liked it, I really enjoyed, but I am so disappointed that I didn’t fall in love with the musical. I enjoyed the choreographies, the songs in group as well. The best was to discover Madalena Alberto, an excellent Eva Perón, her wonderful voice made me feel all her passion and love even when her character was about to die. So I truly recommend seeing this production before they finish their performances at the Dominion Theatre.

 

Cesar