BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
Last Thursday in an hour-long Instagram Live video, Madonna confirmed that she is teaming up with Diablo Cody to make a biopic of her career. (Cody is the scribe who penned the movie Juno and the book for the new musical Jagged Little Pill.) The two sat on Madonna’s couch together sipping rosé and chatting about upcoming details for the new movie, which will focus on Madonna’s “struggle as an artist” and what it was like “trying to survive in a man’s world as a woman.”
One particular scene in her biopic involves the time that her sister, Paula Ciccone, confronted the star in London while she was recording the album for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. The movie-musical earned Madonna a Golden Globe for her performance as Eva Perón. But it wasn’t her sister that rattled the icon. “I was totally and utterly intimidated by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and the story of Eva Perón, the real historical story, and living up to all the great singers and actresses who had played her before me,” Madonna confessed. “I think I had a few nervous breakdowns, you know, worrying that I was going to be fired every day, basically.”
When a fan asked her if Webber was “nice,” Madonna replied, “No, he wasn’t. He was not nice to me. I’m not sure he even wanted me in the movie. Thank God, Alan Parker did.” That’s right: according to Madge, the beloved composer, return-to-live-theater-advocate, and COVID vaccine guinea pig, allegedly wasn’t nice to the star of his own movie.
One of Webber’s spokespeople, Rick Miramontez, said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, “She must have Andrew confused with somebody else. Andrew and Madonna had a very smooth and productive working relationship on the Evita film.”
As for the Broadway tea, Patti LuPone, who originated the role of Eva Peron on Broadway, had a few thoughts of her own about the film adaptation. Back in 2017, on Andy Cohen’s show What What Happens Live, Cohen asked LuPone what she thought of Madonna’s role in Evita. “I saw, I believe it was ‘Buenos Aires’, and I thought it was a piece of shit,” LuPone said. “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind the eyes. She can not act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be in film or on stage.”
But if you think LuPone is just playing favorites: she’s not. It’s no secret that LuPone and Webber have a strained relationship after she was fired from Sunset Boulevard in 1993, and he criticized her diction in Evita. LuPone retorted with, “How could he talk about Evita? The whole thing is sung. He’s a jerk. He’s a sad sack. He is the definition of sad sack.” In other words, she doesn’t like Madonna’s acting, but she also doesn’t like ALW all that much either.
So, the real question is: are you team Patti, Madonna, or ALW? I know I’m on Team Patti forever and always, but that’s just me.