The Answer is . . .

The lyric I quoted in my post earlier this week was from Evita.

Congrats to Mary for picking up the iTunes gift certificate.

A follow-up . . .

closed on Broadway over 24 years ago . . . and has yet to be revived.  Seems odd, considering that it was written by the most “successful” composer of the modern Broadway theater and that it was responsible for solidifying star status for its two leads.

So why hasn’t it been revived?

And, if it was revived right now, would it have the money rollin’ on in?

One reason it hasn’t been revived is that it was done pretty damn definitively the first time around, and no one has figured out a better way to tell that story  . . . never mind finding someone worthy of standing on the Casa Rosada.

And we all know how important both of those things are.

Your thoughts on why it hasn’t come back and 142 Sondheim shows have?  Did we really need Into The Woods again?  Wouldn’t you all rather see Evita than another production of Gypsy (even if the original Eva is starring)?

  • Robert Argueta says:

    I believe this show has a couple of reasons why it hasn’t been revived. It is basically a bio-musical without any really amazing “production” numbers. Sure, it was a star vehicle for its leads back in 1979 which in the past was all a show needed to succeed, but nowadays there is so much competition and hurdles a show has to overcome to be profitable. Not to mention the material is a little dated and the fact the movie was poorly received is of no help-I am sure.
    Producers now want a show that is marketable to the widest range of people for the highest amount of profitability. But how does one market a show about the life story of a less than reputable woman who sleeps her way to the top and then dies?
    My thoughts on the Sondheim issues are: Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote “fad” musicals- Cats, Roller Skates, Laser Dance Show, Flying Chandeliers, etc… Most of Sondheim’s work doesn’t rely on fads (although some would disagree) and the themes of his shows have proven to transcend age, time, and genre.
    So- although some in the theatre world would love to see a new actor’s spin on the roles- Does the couple from Ohio who are paying $110 to see it?

  • John C says:

    I’d rather see a new revival ANY Sondheim show done every other year than have to sit through an Andrew Lloyd Webber monster.

  • Nate says:

    Personally? I’d welcome Eva back on Broadway. Even with the original (brilliant) Prince staging, or could we please just get that once rumored London revival transfer? It’s one of Lloyd Webber’s best scores and deserves a second chance on the Great White Way.
    Did we NEED another INTO THE WOODS? No. Was it nice? Yes (and no… depending on your thoughts on that particular staging). But needed? No. Do we need another GYPSY so soon after TWO revivals? Meh. I’m sure there are people who are excited about it…. Enough to sustain a run? Not so sure.
    As to the differences between ALW and Sondheim, well everyone has their own tastes. But consider that ALW has had many a hit, even if his most recent works didn’t fare so well on Broadway. Sondheim’s track record is not so hot. Most of his shows have lost money on Broadway. I’m not saying he’s inferior (GOD knows the man writes brilliant music!). But, when we are thinking about something in a purely commercial sense… wouldn’t it make sense to revive a proven money maker?

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