From Barbra to Bernadette: Top Ten Signature Songs from Broadway

By Ben Rimalower
17 May 2014



Patti LuPone
Photo by Martha Swope

5. "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" (Patti LuPone)

"Don't Cry For Me, Argentina" is an odd song. The title lyrics were a last minute switch in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's drive to have a pop hit off the original concept album of Evita. Still, the song often makes no sense, especially out of context. The major exception to this rule is Patti LuPone's performance. Patti has sung the song countless times in the 35 years since she was first cast as Eva, and it always plays like a piece of theatre, a one-act play, a slice of Broadway history. Each time, she seems to take the journey fresh, exploring moment after moment spontaneously with the audience she is addressing, and each time, the vocals are thrilling in a unique way. However, while no two of her performances are alike, they are all unmistakably Patti.

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