YMMV / Evita

  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • Evita began as a 1976 concept album.
      • Also happens in reverse with said album. The CD was marketed as the West End cast recording, even though none of the main players were in the original West End production. It ignores Elaine Paige's performance, even though this was her starmaking role.
    • The song "The Lady's Got Potential" was cut from the Broadway version. It reappeared, with very different lyrics, in the movie.
    • One of the lines in the song "Rainbow Tour" had to be changed for the movie, for reasons that will become obvious. It originally went:
    Che: "She can do what she likes, it doesn't matter much / She's the new world Madonna with the golden touch."
  • Americans Hate Tingle: The "Evita" musical usually finds a lot of rejection in Argentina, where the history of the real Eva Perón and Juan Perón is well known, the Peronist party still exists, and the historical inaccuracies are more easily noticed by the public.
  • Awesome Music: "And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out)"; "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" and the Ominous Spanish Chanting that follows.
    • "The Lady's Got Potential" in the movie.
  • Award Snub: Madonna not receiving a Best Actress Oscar nomination, despite the almost unanimous opinion that she did a pretty good job and even won a Golden Globe for her work (the Globes tending to be a preview of the Oscars).
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Another Suitcase In Another Hall", a song sung by Juan Peron's just-ejected mistress, which serves seemingly no purpose in the play plot-wise.
    • It's averted in the movie, as the song is given to Eva.
    • From a technical perspective, though, it does serve a purpose by allowing the actress playing Eva to rest before one of the show's most demanding numbers, "A New Argentina."
    • It also serves as a Perspective Flip in which we suddenly see the effects of Evita's triumphant progress on someone else, for whom it resulted in defeat not triumph.
    • The aforementioned original version of "The Lady's Got Potential" had chemistry student Che randomly singing about his new insecticide.
      • Arguable, as it was meant to be symbolic of the frequency with which members Argentina's revolving door government were dispatched. Alluded to in the movie version's lyrics:
    Che: Just one shot and governments fall like flies!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: That girl that sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," by virtue of being a woobie and having a beautiful song in her one scene.
  • Genius Bonus: The Latin chant section of the song "Oh What a Circus," takes its text from the real-life Roman Catholic prayer, the Salve Regina. The original prayer contains a reference to the Biblical Eve, known in Latin as Eva.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Eva, especially when her health is failing.
  • Memetic Mutation: Any time the Argentina national football team has a painful defeat, it's a given someone will homage the occasion with "Don't Cry for Me Argentina".
  • Narm Charm: "I want to be a part of B.A. Buenos Aires — Big Apple!"
  • The Woobie: The mistress that sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall." *sniff* Poor girl...
    • Doubly so for the actress who plays her in the movie and gets only one line of the song to herself.