This is my entry for “E” for the A to Z Challenge.
I love Evita!
Surely, most people know of Evita: the person, María Eva Duarte de Perón, who lived a short life from the May 7, 1919 to July 26, 1952, and the musical: theatre and movie, the latter with Madonna and Antonio Banderas.
When Evita came to the Teatro in Montecasino, I bought tickets for me and my friends the moment booking opened. It was a fantastic production and we enjoyed it. I am not quite sure if it was an all-local cast but Jonathan Roxmouth was great as Che.
And here we were…
However, the movie stood out prominently in my head.
Let me get this out of the way first: Madonna deserved the Golden Globe in 1996 for palying Eva Duarte Peron in the movie musical, Evita. You may disagree with me but I don’t think I will change my opinion. Antonio was also awesome as Che. I liked Jonathan Pryce, too. I have the DVD. I watch it still every now and then. It is my favorite musical. I have the soundtrack on my phone and I listen to it often. I love the soundtrack in its entirety. I can get pretty emotional listening to the songs from the musical. I get quite somber.
I prefer the movie because I think Eva was portrayed better than in the theatrical production. I especially like that Madonna sang “Another Suitcase In Another Hall” and not only the young mistress of Juan Peron when Eva came to the picture (in the theatrical production).
And, apart from “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”, I especially like, “High Flying Adored”, sang by Antonio and Madonna.
Despite the fear of being called a little crazy, more than the movie or the musical, like Madonna, I have to admit that I think Eva was more the saint that some thought she was than the megalomaniac that others believed she was. I am so intrigued by Evita that I have read a lot about her. I would lose sleep reading more about her. I have even read on the Argentinian government from her time to date, although in summary. I do have to get a couple of her biographies. I also found this: The Official Evita Peron Website.
Sometimes, I find myself wondering how she exactly Eva lived. It’s tragic that she died at such a young age. If reincarnation were real, I would think I was Eva… although that’s probably thinking too highly of myself. I acknowledge that she appeared (or was believed) to have slept her way to the top and I even overlook that. It is strange, I know, and I should keep mum about this, but I can’t be the only one with these thoughts and emotions about Evita, surely.
So, behind my love for the musical, there is much more in my heart and it’s not for the musical but for Evita, or her spirit…
Or, perhaps it’s just the phenomenal talents of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The music definitely goes deep.
Back to normal, here is the live performance of Oh, What a Circus by Antonio Banderas. Isn’t he just awesome?
Much love and hugs,