THE SCREENING ROOM: Patti LuPone, Elaine Paige, Florence Lacey, Lea Salonga and More Sing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"

By Playbill Staff
September 25, 2012

The original production of Evita opened its 1,567-performance run Sept. 25, 1979, starring Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin, who both received Tonys for their work. With the revival of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber musical still going strong at the Marquis Theatre, we offer another look (and listen) to several versions of the musical's best-known song, "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."



Florence Lacey, most recently on Broadway in the revival of Follies, was the final actress to play the title role in the original Broadway production and also has the distinction of portraying Eva more than any other actress in productions worldwide.

"Grease" star Olivia Newton-John has performed the song in concert throughout her career; here she is singing the tune on "Midnight Special" in 1980.

 

At the 1980 Grammy Awards, Tony winner Patti LuPone, who created the lead role in Evita on Broadway, received a standing ovation for her emotional performance.

Another vintage and stellar LuPone rendition from Starfest 1983.

Here is concert star (and former Mrs. Andrew Lloyd Webber) Sarah Brightman offering her version of the melodic ballad.

Elaine Paige, who created the role on the London stage, sings "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" and Cats' "Memory"

Paige delivers another powerful performance at Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Royal Albert Hall Celebration.

Wicked Tony winner Idina Menzel performed "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" at Andrew Lloyd Webber's 60th birthday celebration; here is an audio that was broadcast on BBC2 Radio.

Julie Covington was the first to record "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" on the musical's concept album in 1976. Here is her audio recording.

The late disco queen Donna Summer even covered the show tune (her rendition begins at the 1:10 mark).

And, who could forget Festival's disco version of "Argentina"?

Tony winner Lea Salonga lends her beautiful tones to the Lloyd Webber-Rice song in a live concert.

Grammy winner Madonna got to offer her rendition in the film version of Evita.

Here are the kids from "Glee," Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele), offering their version of the award-winning tune.

The late, great pop singer Karen Carpenter also recorded the musical's anthem.

Even folksinger Joan Baez covered the song in a 1983 concert in Paris.

An even unlikelier cover: Sinead O'Connor.

And, here is Broadway's newest Evita, Argentine actress Elena Roger.