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Evita [Original Broadway Cast]
     

Evita [Original Broadway Cast]

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A film adaptation of EVITA, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1979 Broadway smash, was in development for more than a decade. Everyone from Patti LuPone, who created the title role on Broadway, to Barbra Streisand was a candidate. When it was revealed that

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A film adaptation of EVITA, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1979 Broadway smash, was in development for more than a decade. Everyone from Patti LuPone, who created the title role on Broadway, to Barbra Streisand was a candidate. When it was revealed that Madonna would play Argentine first lady Eva Duarte Peron, the ultimate Material Girl, it seemed, for a while, that musical movie magic might be made. Director Alan Parker's tumultuous 1996 film didn't quite raise La Ciccone to screen superstardom, but it did legitimize her as a singing actress. Utilizing deeper, more resonant tones and working hard to make every word understood, Madonna gives a strong, lyrical performance. She tears into "Buenos Aires" and "Rainbow High," gives a regal rendition of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," and strikes pure gold with the Oscar-winning "You Must Love Me," written specifically for her. A solid musical success, the double-disc EVITA is an intriguing chapter in Madonna's fascinating career.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, which began as a concept album in 1976 and had its first stage incarnation in London in 1978, finally came to the U.S. in 1979 with a production that opened in Los Angeles and moved to San Francisco for multi-week engagements before landing on Broadway on September 25 to begin a Tony-winning, 1,568-performance run. The London production had been represented by a one-disc highlights album, but this one became the second full-length treatment, running, like the concept album, 100 minutes. As such, the revisions made for the stage were more apparent, especially because there were more of them than there had been in London, sometimes to Americanize the language. ("The back of beyond" in "Eva and Magaldi" became "the sticks," while "Get stuffed!" in "Goodnight and Thank You" was now "Up yours!") "The Lady's Got Potential" had been deleted, and there was a new song, "The Art of the Possible," which, with its musical-chairs staging, was more effective in the theater than on record. And "Dangerous Jade" had been revised to become "Peron's Latest Flame." Many of the changes built up the role of Evita's critic, Che. As played by Mandy Patinkin, who achieved Broadway stardom in the role, Che now rivaled Evita as a musical presence, the actor's elastic tenor and bravura manner drawing more attention to him. But Patti Lu Pone also became a star here, fearlessly bringing out Evita's strident self-interest without attempting to gain the audience's sympathy. (You couldn't say that about London's Elaine Paige.) Lu Pone was at her best when Evita was at her worst, such as in the songs "A New Argentina" and "Rainbow High." The rest of the cast was unexceptional, though Bob Gunton's Juan Peron inspired curiosity as the only actor to use a Spanish accent.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Decca U.S.
UPC:
0076731010724
catalogNumber:
11007
Rank:
9471

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mandy Patinkin   Chalemie,Track Performer
Bob Gunton   Track Performer
Patti LuPone   Track Performer
Hershy Kay   Percus
Rene Wiegert   Conductor
Tobrina Vanbuskirk   Conductor

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber   Producer,Orchestration
Mandy Patinkin   Contributor
Bob Gunton   Contributor
Patti LuPone   Contributor
Terri Klausner   Contributor
David Sacks   Contributor
David Smith   Remixing
Tim Rice   Producer
John Leslie Wolfe   Contributor
Harold Prince   Director
Nancy Wood   Contributor
David Staller   Contributor
Patricia Gorman   Contributor
Rene Wiegert   Director
George Osaki   Art Direction
Peppi Borza   Contributor
R. Tyler Gatchell   Executive Producer
Abe Jacob   Engineer
Matthew McKeon   Contributor
Jack Neubeck   Contributor
Peter Neufeld   Executive Producer
Phillip Tracy   Contributor
Mark Waldrop   Contributor
Brad Witsger   Contributor
Mark Syers   Contributor
Susan Terry   Contributor
Sandra Wheeler   Contributor
Nancy Opel   Contributor
Peter Marinos   Contributor
Anny DeGange   Contributor
John Yost   Contributor
Larry Fuller   Choreographer

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Evita [Original Broadway Cast] 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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This album is a multitude of sad slowies, ubeat dance tracks, and intriguing converstaional songs. From Santa Evita, the childrens cry to their ''savior'', to Buenos Aries, the introduction to the city's glory, every track is a delight!
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