Lana Del Rey just covered a Madonna song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. So, basically, the gayest thing ever. The song — “You Must Love Me” — originally appeared on the Evita soundtrack back in 1996.
Written by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice, “You Must Love Me” was a top 20 hit in the U.S. that year, selling over 500,000 copies and taking home the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The new version of “You Must Love Me” is set to appear on the upcoming two-disc compilation Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked: The Platinum Collection. Del Rey is one of several pop singers included, along with Beyoncé singing “Learn to Be Lonely” from The Phantom of the Opera, Gregory Porter’s take on “Light at the End of the Tunnel” from Starlight Express and Barbra Streisand’s rendition of “With One Look” from Sunset Boulevard.
We think Madonna would be proud of Del Rey’s version of the track, as it sticks closely to the original. One person’s opinion we’re curious about is Patti LuPone, who originated the iconic role of Eva Perón in Evita on Broadway back in 1979. She even won a Tony Award for it.
LuPone was on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live last year, where she shared some very frank opinions. When asked what she thought of Madonna’s portrayal of Eva Perón in the 1996 film version, she said, “I was on the treadmill when MTV used to have videos, and I saw, I believe it was ‘Buenos Aires,’ and I thought it was a piece of shit.”
She continued, “Madonna is a movie killer. She’s dead behind the eyes. She cannot act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or onstage. She is a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress. Bing.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked featuring Lana Del Rey’s version of “You Must Love Me” is out March 16.
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