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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

This indeed is a great recording, and I think a tad better than the old.

From someone who saw this show live in London this past August of '06, listening to this album really makes me overwhelmed. This is the most amazing show I saw on my eight day, nine show trip to London with my grandmother, and along with Sunday in the Park with George is one of my favorites musicals of all time. Elena Rodgers is actually FROM Buenos Aires, hence the accent, and she is one of the most incredible performers on the planet. Obviously, she performs differently than Madonna, but also in a way that I feel suits the show more appropriately. At 20 songs for ten bucks it is also an amazing deal, a lot less than the 20 ENGLISH POUNDS that it cost at the theatre! Really, I suggest you buy this one over the Madonna version. For such an incredible production, it really deserves your business, and I feel is a better product. Also, addressing the issue some previously said about how "aritificial sounding" some of the vocals were in some of the songs, really if you saw it you'd understand it. I also feel you would understand it even if you just LISTENED. You must understand where she's coming from, what she's doing, and you'll realize how amazing Ms. Rogers' performance really is. You MUST buy this album if you want a recording of Andrew Lloyd Webers greatest, Evita.

A New Argentina (And Evita)

I think this new recording is a great blend of the classic late 80's songs and the update which was given to the movie. It's much more Latino-sounding while not straying into the area of pop music (a fate suffered by many of the movie's songs). Elena Roger is wonderful as a true "Argentine Rose".


Elena Roger is fantastic! She SHINES as Eva Peron. I hope the rumors are true, and she reprises this role on Broadway! She gives Patti LuPone a run for her money!

Evita (2006 / London Cast Recording), Original Cast Recording
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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Classical, Musicals
  • Released: Jul 1979

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