Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
Evita (9 piece orchestration)
This licensed version is the smaller of the two available orchestrations by Concord Theatricals. It is based mostly on the 2006 London West End production so you will want to use that cast album as your reference recording. Because there are only 9 players in this orchestration, many of the cut instruments and important parts are now in the keyboard books so these parts are essential to the score. Many songs in this version were originally done to a click track which is referenced in the part but is not required for your production.
Evita is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and has 3 keyboard books all with dense programming. Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book but also contains lots of orchestral instruments such as Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, as well as Guitar, Voice Pads, and Fender Rhodes. This is not an overly technical book to play but will require a strong rhythmic player.
Keyboard 2 & 3 are really a continuation of Keyboard 1 with many of the same orchestral instruments that were cut from the larger orchestration such as accordion along with a smattering of synth elements (voice pads & analog strings). All 3 keyboard parts will require proficient players who are familiar with the score and comfortable navigating lots of fast patch changes.
Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.
The events in Evita’s life are presented in song and commented on by the show’s narrator, Che. Well-known numbers from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical masterpiece include “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Oh What a Circus,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall.”