Evita (Musical)

The musical Evita tells the story of Argentina's first lady Eva Perón ( 1919-1952 ). Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice ( libretto ) began their work on the piece in 1974. It was their first collaboration since the completion of the work for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971.

The Musical

In 1976, the first recording of Evita was released a double album on LP under the label MCA Records. The main characters sang Julie Covington as Evita, Colm Wilkinson as Che, and Paul Jones as Juan Domingo Perón. The album and single release Do not cry for me Argentina were a big success and ended up in many countries, # 1 on the charts. This studio album was recorded from April to September 1976 in the Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, England.

On June 21, 1978, the musical at the Prince Edward Theatre was premiered in London. It was directed by Harold Prince and Larry Fuller took over the coordination of the choreography, which was designed by Tim O'Brien and Tazeena Firth. The role of Eva Perón was played in the premiere of Elaine Paige, David Essex interpreted Che and Joss Ackland held the role of Juan Domingo Perón. The London performance of the work won many awards, such as the price of the Society of West End Theatres for best musical in 1978. Moreover, Elaine Paige was awarded the prize for the best performance. Almost a year later, on 8 May 1979, the American premiere was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The German -language premiere in a translation by Michael Kunze found on the day of the inauguration of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, on Tuesday, January 20, 1981 at Theater an der Wien. In the role of Eva Perón Isabel Weicken was to see Reinhard Glemnitz gave Juan Perón and Alexander Goebel Che.

In 1986, the German premiere of the musical was celebrated in the Theater Oberhausen. Olivia Molina as Evita, Günther Pierow as Peron. It was directed by the then director Fritz Dieter Gerhard. The musical was performed over two seasons.

Another well-known German language version with Susanne Dengler as Evita was launched on 1 February 1997 at the Schiller Theater NRW in musical theater Gelsenkirchen and ran until 1999. Dengler was a reprise of 2006 in Annaberg-Buchholz. In March 2012, a new Broadway production at the Marquis Theatre started in Times Square in New York. The main characters sing and play Ricky Martin and Elena Roger.


The musical depicts the life of "Evita" Duarte de Perón Eva Maria said. Second main character is Che (German " boy " or " boy " ), a representative of the Argentine people. ( Title of each song in brackets).

Act 1:

The musical begins on July 26, 1952 in Buenos Aires. A young Argentine student, Che, attended a film show. The current film is interrupted by the announcement that Eva Perón, " the spiritual leader of the nation has been received that day at 20.25 clock in the immortality " ( A Cinema in Buenos Aires, July 26, 1952 ). Audiences are shaken ( Requiem for Evita ). Che is the only an outsider. He cynically describes the grief that Argentina has gripped by the death of Evita (What a circus ).

Evita looks back on her life back ( Do not cry for me Argentina - often sung in recent German productions at this point in Spanish: No llores por mi Argentina).

Che takes the viewer back to the year 1935 to Junin, Eva's hometown. The age of fifteen she meets the tango singer Agustín Magaldi there (This is so starry night ) and has her first love affair with him. She blackmails Magaldi to take her to Buenos Aires (Eva, do not go to the big city ).

Upon their arrival, Eva talks about her hopes and ambitions ( Buenos Aires ). Having recognized that Magaldi is married and has a child, she leaves him. Che says that she then has many lovers. Each of them helps her a step further on the ladder that led to fame and fortune ( Adios and thank you). With her beauty and skill they will model, radio star and actress. Che indicates that the policy in Argentina and Eve will combine career soon ( The Lady 's Got Potential - in directing in 1976, this song is usually replaced by the next song ). At the same time fought Colonel Juan Perón members of his political party in order to get to the top itself ( The Craft of possibility ).

When attending a charity concert for the victims of an earthquake in San Juan Magaldi Eva meets again. Juan Domingo Perón speaks to the crowd. When he leaves the stage, he meets Eva. At a secret rendezvous after the concert, both realize that they each can be useful ( I would be really good for you ).

From that moment on, Eva also has political ambitions. She throws Peron's mistress from his apartment ( You take the case back to the hand) and enters his life.

Eva Peron rises to the higher social circles, Argentina. Che shows the contempt of the feudal aristocracy for Eva and the male chauvinism of the Argentine military. Both groups are up to their death against them work (Fort with the wife ). With the support of the workers and peasants whose loyalty Eva Perón and have long maintained through intensive contacts with the unions, it would succeed, that Perón is elected president ( wax on Argentina).

Act 2:

Perón has won a victory in his fight for the presidency. In 1946, he stands on the balcony of the Casa Rosada and speaks to his " descamisados ​​" ( the shirtless ones ) called followers. After that Evita turns to the crowd. She looks back on her life and her rise to fame and power, and asks the people and the land on to their love for Argentina to believe ( Do not cry for me Argentina).

In the inaugural ball Eva dancing with the elected President Perón. Che told of the price of fame ( Young, beautiful and loved).

To impress the citizens of Argentina and promote Peronism, Eva decides her image needed to be glamorous. Prepares you for a tour of Europe and is advised by fashion specialists. Success and failure of the Rainbow Tour from 1946 are historically proven: The Spaniards admire, compare Italians with Mussolini, the French are unimpressed, the English they snub by an invitation to a country house rather than in the Buckingham Palace ( Rainbow Tour ).

Upon her return from Europe Eva defies the growing criticism of the upper classes of Argentina ( I play my role not as you like it ). Che reminds them to help people in need - just as they promised. She founded the " Eva Peron Foundation ". Che describes the contradiction between Eva's charity work and the methods to raise money ( donations flow ). Evita's devoted followers they see as a modern saint (Santa Evita ).

In other circles of society, criticism of the president's wife grows. Evita seeks to hedge its position to the vice-presidency of the country, the generals prevent the but. Perón defends, revealing that Evita's health was injured ( A radiant, bright star - like a diamond ).

Evita and Che discuss the actions of Evita ( Waltz for Evita and Che ). Che is disappointed because of Eve's selfish behavior. Eva replied that the rescue of the problems of the world brings no glory. She insists to continue, even though their health is dwindling.

At the end of their life understands Eve that Perón loves her for their own sake and not because of what it does for him and his career. The dying Evita realizes that she will not live much longer and swears eternal love to the Argentines ( Eva's last radio address ). In her mind's eye sees Eva what she has achieved in her life; she asks for forgiveness that she has preferred the glory of a long life and the upbringing of children ( Lament - Lamentation ).

Eva dies and her body is embalmed. Che told that a mausoleum for Eva to be built, but only the base was built. The corpse of Evita is brought out of the country and remains absent for 17 years.



See main article: Evita (film )

Alan Parker's film version of the musical starring Madonna in the title role was in 1996 as well as the stage play great success - just like the same soundtrack (see Evita ( soundtrack )), which among other things the Oscar for Best Original Song ( You Must Love Me ) received in 1996.