On December 25 1996, EVITA was given a limited released in New York and Los Angeles.
Wide release for the film followed on January 10, 1997.
Critic Zach Conner commented:
“It’s a relief to say that EVITA is pretty damn fine, well-cast, and handsomely visualized. Madonna once again confounds our expectations. She plays Evita with a poignant weariness and has more than just a bit of star quality. Love or hate Madonna-Eva, she is a magnet for all eyes.”
Newsweek ’s David Ansen wrote:
“It’s gorgeous. It’s epic. It’s spectacular. But two hours later, it also proves to be emotionally impenetrable.”
On December 12 1996, Madonna attended a press conference to promote EVITA at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey, California.
On November 23 1996, Madonna’s “You Must Love Me” hit #18 in the USA on the Billboard Hot 100.
On October 8 1996, Madonna’s “You Must Love Me” music video premiered on MTV.
“You Must Love Me” was released by Warner Bros. as the first single from the “Evita” soundtrack. The song was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and it won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1997.
Madonna filmed the music video for “You Must Love Me” on 31 August 1996 in California, while she was eight months pregnant with her daughter Lourdes. Madonna stands behind a piano to hide her pregnancy.
On August 19 1997, “Buenos Aires” (from “Evita“) was released as a promo-only single to club DJs and radio stations in the USA to promote “Evita” on video.
Here is a full listing of the different mixes of “Buenos Aires“:
World Mix Edit
World Mix Edit – Shorter
Te Amo 12″ Extended Vocal Version
Te Amo 12″ Extended Instrumental Version
Te Amo 12″ TV Dub
Te Amo 12″ Acapella Version
Te Amo Single Edit
Te Amo Radio Version
On July 29 1997, the “Evita: Music From The Motion Picture” CD (highlights from the “Evita” soundtrack) was released in North America.