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re: I don't think Evita gets enough credit for its contributions to the rebirth of the movie musical.
Posted by: mikem 09:47 pm EDT 08/01/20
In reply to: I don't think Evita gets enough credit for its contributions to the rebirth of the movie musical. - DanielVincent 03:40 pm EDT 08/01/20

The Evita soundtrack also did well commercially. The album hit #2 in the US and #1 in the UK, and it sold several million copies. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" was also released in a remixed, more uptempo, Latin-influenced version, and the single hit #8 in the US and #3 in the UK (and #1 in France, Spain, Canada, and several other countries).

I believe that this was the most recent song originally from a stage musical to hit the Top 10 in the US. It, "Summer Nights" from the Grease movie, and "One Night in Bangkok" are the only three I can think of that have done so in the past 50 years -- am I forgetting one?

(Of course, commercial success of the music isn't typically enough. Xanadu is a perfect example. The music was extremely successful, but the movie didn't sell tickets and was a major flop.)
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