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 primarily on the 2006 London West End production so you will want to use that cast album as your reference recording. This is a unique orchestration because although it is scored for 9, it is essentially the same as the larger 18pc orchestration with Concord providing a click track and individual stems (.wav files) for 5 other instruments (flute, clarinet, trumpet, horn, & strings) that are designed to be used in Qlab. You will need to be able to work with the provided click track. It is not advisable to do this show without those tracks.
This version is orchestrated to be stick conducted from the podium and has 3 keyboard books all with very 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, pads, and electric pianos. This is not an overly technical book to play but will require a strong rhythmic player and someone who is familiar with the show.
Keyboards 2 & 3 are a continuation of Keyboard 1 with many of the same orchestral instruments that were cut from the larger orchestration as well as accordion and 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.”