Evita Exasperation

Why on earth, in this day and age when one can fit eighty minutes of music on a CD, do they still transfer two-LP sets to two CDs? I mean, even my old warped cassette copy of the premiere American recording of Evita fit both LPs on one tape.

And despite the first CD being annotated correctly, the second CD calls up the 1996 movie soundtrack listing, so I have to update it with the correct information and change all the file names.

As for the movie, it’s not bad; it does a decent job taking a stage musical and setting it in the real world. One would watch it for the staging, not primarily for the music; a movie soundtrack neve rhas the same dynamism or energy that a recording of a stage show offers, despite both being done in a studio. Antonio Banderas, however, is not Mandy Patinkin, not by a long shot. Of course, he does have the fact that he’s Antonio Banderas going for him, so that’s all right, then.

2 thoughts on “Evita Exasperation

  1. Alison

    I know I will be considered every kind of philistine etc but I have to say that Evita, in general, does not float my boat. We saw it at Place Des arts last summer and I was sooooo excited because I am a musical theatre junkie big time. I left feeling “meh. Money semi wasted.” I’ve never seen the movie or any other production. Now, Cats is next week at PDA…woohoo!
    Also, I adore Mandy Patinkin.

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  2. Owldaughter Post author

    I’m a musical theate junkie too, and you’re not a philistine; you’re expressing your opinion. :) I’ve never seen a live production of Evita; I’ve had the recording for over a decade, though, and I really think it’s among Lloyd Webber’s strongest work. The movie is meh: interesting for seeing how one takes a stage musical and turns it into a movie (always risky) but certainly not the be-all-end-all.

    Travelling shows are always hit or miss, I find. The PdA in particular seems to have had a lot of misses in the past five years, judging from reviews.

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