Based on a True Story: Exploring the Facts, Myths and Places of the Musical Evita

By Michael Luongo
27 May 2012

Elena Roger in <i>Evita</i>.
Elena Roger in Evita.
Photo by Richard Termine

The author of "Frommer's Buenos Aires" explores three questions related to the musical Evita: What's the Casa Rosada? Who was the real Agustín Magaldi? What happened to the First Lady of Argentina's body?

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The musical Evita is back on Broadway after a 29-year absence, stirring the hearts and minds of musical theatre fans, and perhaps raising the curiosity of history buffs eager to know more about the facts behind the pop classic.

Based on the life of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, best known as Evita, the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, the musical — nominated for the 2012 Tony Award as Best Revival of Musical — is a window into Argentina's history.

Is the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical historically accurate or an artful blend of reality and drama?

Here's an exploration of three historical aspects of Evita. One architectural — the Casa Rosada; one mysterious — the movement of Evita's body; and one biographical — the real Agustín Magaldi.

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