Now that the leads of the Broadway revival of Evita have announced their final performance in the show, theater lovers are buzzing about who will be next to play the juicy role of Eva Peron. To keep ourselves entertained while everyone spins rumors and dream casts, we are offering you a chance to see five singers who have covered the show's signature number, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." You can bet these five will not be playing the First Lady of Argentina; they are clearly at sixes and sevens with what the role demands. Oh, well. They're certainly entertaining!
The ever-sparkling Olivia Newton-John gives the trademark Andrew Lloyd Webber song a lushness reminiscent of her rendition of "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from Grease. Newton-John reportedly lobbied to play Eva on film in the early '80s, but when she flopped in Xanadu, that dream was dashed. Oh, Sandy!
The late disco queen performed the song many times and delivered a kickass version of it. Though Summer is known for her disco-era hits, she got her start on the stage in a German production of Hair. Could she have played Eva in her time? Probably not, though her "Buenos Aires" would totally be Hot Stuff.
The Irish singer, famous for her shaved head, topping the charts with her version of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" and for ripping up a pic of the Pope on SNL, sings a lovely version of the song. How would this lass fare as the fiery Eva Peron? Well, they have controversy (if nothing else) in common.
The quintessential '60s folk singer as the social-climbing prima donna at the center of Evita? It's easier to picture Baez hanging out with Che singing "We Shall Overcome." On the other hand, Baez, who is a dedicated activist (and fluent in Spanish to boot), might have been a kind of counterculture choice. Hmm. Nah!
Ever want to throw your panties (or hotel room key) at Eva Peron? 'Nuff said.