Oh, What a Circus!
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Oh, What A Circus!(From Andrew Lloyd Webbers, Evita!)
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim RiceThis musical was first released in 1976
Directed by Harold Prince
This song is one of the first songs sung in ‘Evita’ which is preceded by the announcement of Eva Peron’s death. Che, originated by David Essex who acts as the narrator and Greek chorus, sings this song as he critically recalls the life of Eva Peron and concludes, ‘she did nothing for years.’ The choral Latin chant, “Salve Regina” is sung under Che by the mourners.
Starting in July 1952 we first hear the announcement that Eva Peron ‘has entered immortality’. We are then transported back to 1934 to a night club in Junin, Eva’s hometown where we encounter a 15 year old Eva Duarte who dreams of fleeing the town to Buenos Aires.
In Buenos Aires, Eva quickly works her way through a string of me, each of which help her gain a higher foothold into society and closer to fame and fortune. After numerous love affairs she becomes a successful model, broadcaster and film actress.
At a charity concert, to help raise funds for the victims of an earthquake, Eva and Peron meet and become intimate quickly as they each have something the other wants. Her position with Peron infuriates 2 factions which remain with her till her death; the Army and the Aristocracy. Eva persuades Peron to aim for presidency in Argentina supported by the workers who back’s them.
With Eva’s growing fame in the political society she marries Peron where she receives a greater reception than Peron does. She soon begins a tour of Europe; starting with a successful visit to Spain followed by less successful visits to Italy and France, she never makes it to England.
Once home, Eva launches the Eva Peron Foundation which has little practical benefit on the nation’s economy although helps firm her goddess status in the eyes of the working class. Eva’s health worsens and continues to deteriorate though she refuses to give in and attempts to become vice-president. Due to her ill health and opposition from the army she makes her final statement rejecting the post of vice-president. Eva Peron dies shortly after, and while the nation grieves her station as a saint becomes solidified.