Patti's and Mandy's interpretations of Eva and Che
I'm thinking of getting the Evita OBCR (or Los Angeles? The one with Mandy and Patti). Would someone be able to tell me a bit about how the leads were portrayed for that album/production?
On the 2006 London recording, Eva (Elena Roger) sometimes sounds harsh/vivacious, but also often gentle/sympathetic. Che (Matt Rawle) is angry, openly cynical and sneering. I've never heard the Patti/Mandy version, but the Barnes & Noble samples sound as though the portrayals are almost the opposite: Patti Lupone's Eva is non-stop strong, confident, openly ambitious and proudly unsympathetic. Mandy Patinkin's Che sounds understated, soft and seemingly sweet.
Is that how they played the roles throughout the show/recording? How did it work? What kind of portrayal do you think works best for these roles? I like the idea of an Eva who at least seems
sympathetic, so that you're never sure whether she's really not so bad or an absolute master manipulator. But I also like the idea of getting a complete recording.