- Adaptation Displacement:
Che: "She can do what she likes, it doesn't matter much / She's the new world Madonna with the golden touch."
- 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:
- Evita began as a 1976 concept album.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Despite the show's reputation for being unrelentingly negative towards Eva Peron, considering the entire musical is (arguably) Che's interpretation of events, this actually comes into play for a lot of characters. Particularly Eva and Che themselves. Even the majority of the original creative team were divided about the character interpretations the show offered.
- 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.
Che: Just one shot and governments fall like flies!
- 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:
- Broken Base: It's relatively minor but there's often some arguments over whether the alteration of Che's character (from explicitly being Che Guevara to an anonymous Everyman) in the movie was a good move or a bad one. Made slightly bigger by the fact that before the movie, all productions had Che as the historical revolutionary, while nowadays there seems to be more productions branching out into making him an Everyman. It doesn't help much that both the musical itself and its creators seem to have wildly varying opinions on which interpretation is "correct"...
- Ensemble Dark Horse: That girl that sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," by virtue of being The 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.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Averted (and notoriously). The movie was expected to be very popular in Argentina, but it was received with protest and indignation about the heroine's portrayal.
- Some think that the movie portrayed Evita in a more positive light than the original play—Madonna made Eva look more like a vulnerable, noble-hearted, altruistic woman who believed she was doing good (albeit simultaneously manipulative, hypocritical and enjoying her fame, money and power a little too much), instead of some social-climbing, power-hungry witch.
- Oddly enough, the stage show IS very popular in Germany, of all places, and has been staged and revived there numerous times. There are at least four different German cast albums.
- Harsher in Hindsight: You Must Love Me can be viewed this way now, as a neurosurgeon discovered in 2011 that Evita had been lobotomized before her death. Acquaintances of her doctor confirmed Juan ordered this without Evas consent to curb her erratic behavior after her cancer diagnosis.
- 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!"
- Retroactive Recognition: The concept album had the role of Che performed by "C.T. Wilkinson"...better known as Colm Wilkinson, best known for playing Valjean in Les Misérables and the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
- The Woobie: The mistress that sings "Another Suitcase in Another Hall." *sniff* Poor girl...
- Doubly so for Andrea Corr, who plays her in the movie and gets only one line of the song to herself.
YMMV / Evita