EVITA (Original London Cast)
THE ROLE of Eva Peron has all the ingredients of tragic opera. Like Tosca and Violetta in ‘La Traviata’, Eva rose to fame and died a tragic, premature death. Politics, passion and glamour – no wonder the story inspired one of the most popular musicals of all time.
The extraordinary “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” is much more than a hit song. It is a key part of the plot. It provides one of the most dramatic scenes in the show; on the balcony of the Pink Palace in Buenos Aires, During rehearsals the great American impresario and director, Hal Prince, urged me to think of the song not only as a great tune, but also as a major political speech. ‘Be forceful. Strong. Look the audience in the eye and make your point.’ I follow his advice to this very day every time I sing it.
Getting the title role in a new Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical would change my life forever! Thank heavens Eva Peron was only 5’2′′!
Note: The original London cast album of ‘Evita’ attained a 2x Platinum certification by the BPI (The British Recorded Music Industry) for sales in the UK – this award marks sales of 600,000 units of an individual album title to UK retailers.
Requiem For Evita
Oh! What A Circus/Requiem (David Essex & Elaine Paige)
On This Night Of A Thousand Stars
Buenos Aires (Elaine Paige)
Goodnight And Thank You (David Essex & Elaine Paige)
I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You (Joss Ackland & Elaine Paige)
Another Suitcase In Another Hall
New Argentina (Joss Ackland, David Essex & Elaine Paige)
Don't Cry For Me Argentina (Elaine Paige)
High, Flying Adored (David Essex & Elaine Paige)
Rainbow High (Elaine Paige)
And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)
Waltz For Eva And Che (David Essex & Elaine Paige)
She Is A Diamond
Lament (David Essex & Elaine Paige)