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“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” became something of an anthem when it was performed by Madonmãng cầu in the 1996 musical film Evita. Chronicling the life và times of Argentina’s favourite daughter, Eva Perón, Evita was a dramatisation of the real-life events that happened in Eva Perón’s short but impactful life. From her humble beginnings in rural Argentina lớn moving lớn the capital of Buenos Aires lớn a pursue a career in entertainment và the arts, Evita went on lớn marry Juan Perón, who would become the president of Argentimãng cầu, making Eva the country’s First Lady. But she was much more than that. She was revered by the Argentine public because of how she championed workers’ rights and the rights of the poor, and also of women. She died tragically of cancer at the young age of 33, and her toàn thân went on a mysterious odyssey for a number of years until it was returned lớn Argentina, where it now rests in Buenos Aires’s famous Recoleta cemetery.
“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” is the film’s hit tuy nhiên. Sung by Madonna, who famously campaigned for the role by sending the director a four page letter about why she should have sầu the role, the tuy nhiên was originally written for a 1976 concept album called Evita, & was later performed as part of a theatre piece of the same name in 1978. A singer called Julie Covington originally performed the tuy vậy, which was written by the don of musical theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber, và his frequent collaborator, Tyên ổn Rice. The song book-ended the original theatre performance & was sung at both the beginning và the kết thúc lớn evoke the generosity of Evita’s spirit in death by asking the public not khổng lồ mourn her. Upon its release in 1976, the tuy nhiên went to lớn number one in the UK, và went on khổng lồ win the songwriting duo an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically và Lyrically. The Evita soundtrack took four months khổng lồ record, và all of the parties involved recalled it as a nerve-wracking experience. Director Alan Parker called the first day of recording “Blaông xã Monday” because of the nerves of all the cast members. He elaborated on the day, saying, “All of us came from very different worlds—from popular music, from movies, and from musical theater—& so we were all very apprehensive.” Antonio Banderas, who was cast as Che, said that the experience was “scary”, and Madonna was “petrified”. She said, “I had to sing ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ in front of Andrew Lloyd Webber … I was a complete mess and was sobbing afterward. I thought I had done a terrible job.” However, it all seems lớn have been worth it, as the tuy vậy is one of the most memorable parts of the film, if not one of the things that people from abroad associate most with Argentina.