Okay, this week I decided that this week I would do something different! Instead of writing about an actress/actor, I’m going to write about a show. Don’t worry, I didn’t run out of people, I just wanted to try something different!! For Easter, my wonderful, lovely, incredible family got me the soundtrack for Evita, and almost every day since it’s been blaring from my bedroom with me (thinking I’m Patti LuPone) singing along with it!! I had forgotten how much I loved this musical, and hearing the music again makes me think about the good old days last year, and how much I appreciate it! FYI: There are plans for a revival of Evita!!!
Evita tells the story of Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina. She starts out as a 15 year old girl, tricking a tango singer to take her to Buenos Aires. Once there, she sleeps her way to status and connections through different men. She goes to a charity event and meets Colonel Peron, and they eventually get married. She encourages him to run for President, and he gets elected, making her the first lady! She is the real force behind Juan Peron, and everyone knows it. She is loved by the people due to her charities and love for them, and she has plans for running for Vice President, even though all of the aristocracy would like to “see [her] 6 feet underground” (a.k.a., dead). However, her big plans are cut short when she is diagnosed with cancer and unfortunately dies at age 33. (I’m not spoiling anything, this all happened in history!)
The characters are Eva Peron, Juan Peron, Peron’s ex-mistress, Magaldi (the tango singer) and a chorus. However, there is another character that is just as big as Eva Peron, bigger, almost! His name is Ché. He serves as a narrator. Where the chorus sings about how good and saintly Eva was, he tells you what really happened, or the negative side of that. He deals with the audience, and is kind of invisible to the characters in the show (sometimes he gets involved with them, but not often. Eva seems to see him, though).
The music is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is the composer for The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. If The Phantom of the Opera is Valedictorian, Evita is definitely Salutatorian. He has his style of repeating melodies, but the songs stand on their own as individual, breathtaking, awe-striking, disbelieving, incredible pieces of music. I don’t know how it’s humanly possible to write such a musical as Evita, but Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber definitely hit the nail on the head, and I hold a lot of respect for him! The entire show is sung, there is no dialogue, which makes it all the more epic.
And then, on top of ALL of that, they casted the roles PERFECTLY. Mandy Patinkin played Ché and Patti LuPone played Eva. I’ve talked about Patti LuPone before, but this is YOUNG Patti LuPone. She really lets it rip in this show and her voice is just amazing. It has power when Eva is mad, seduction when she is seducing Peron, tenderness when addressing the crowds, and vulnerability when she is dying. As for Mandy Patinkin, his voice is just perfect. I can’t imagine anyone else as Ché because he nails this role so perfectly! His voice has anger in it, and you can almost visualize what Ché would be doing in the show through Mandys voice. Ah, I’m running out of adjectives to describe everyone!! I sound like a broken record, but it’s realy just so perfect!! The other roles are amazing too, but those are the big roles, and they need to be acknowledged : D And if you see the movie, just be prepared for Madonna’s awful singing. Just saying.
So it’s time to give you guys some samples!! I have listed below,
1.The Waltz for Eva and Ché watch?v=6PJQD4xJnRM&feature=related
2. The Actress Hasn’t learned the Lines You’d Like To Hear/And The Money Kept Rolling In watch?v=sL-hUTOY_qM&feature=related
3. Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina (FAMOUS SONG FROM THIS SHOW) watch?v=KXp2-XJBZYM&feature=fvsr
4. What’s New, Buenos Aires? watch?v=1MT-5loSu0g
You don’t have to listen to them all, but at least listen to “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” : )
Patti LuPone as Eva. Sorry for the bad picture, but there are not a lot of quality pictures!!
Mandy Patinkin as Che and Patti LuPone as Eva in the background