Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber... …had planned a show about P.G. Wodehouse’s fictional butler Jeeves as their next project after Jesus Christ Superstar, but when Rice caught the last few minutes of a radio program about Eva “Evita” Peron (1919-1952), the legendary wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron, he knew Evita had to be their next subject. Tony Triumph Evita was the first British musical to win the Tony Award for Best Musical. Mrs. Thatcher According to Lloyd Webber, Mrs. Thatcher, before she was Prime Minister and while she was still leader of Britain’s opposition, used to regularly turn up and stand at the back of Evita for the end of the first act and the beginning of the second, thus catching the conquering numbers, “A New Argentina,” “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “Rainbow High.” Madonna In the film, Madonna wanted to do the vocals for the scene where Eva is told she’s dying by Peron live, so Lloyd Webber, director Alan Parker and soundtrack producer Nigel Wright, set up an earpiece to enable her to do so. It was the first real recording live on set for a movie musical since My Fair Lady in 1964.