A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 18, 2004
“B.A., Buenos Aires, Big Apple” (EVITA, 1978)
"B.A., Buenos Aires, Big Apple" is a lyric in what some have called the "Madonna movie musical," Evita (1996). Tim Rice (lyrics) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer) started work on Evita in 1974. The musical was presented in London in 1978 and on Broadway in 1979.

Tim Rice just liked "B. A." for "Buenos Aires," and he thought of "Big Apple." This was the 1970s, when "Big Apple" was being strongly revived as the nickname for New York City.

Buenos Aires does not have a prior tradition of being called the "Big Apple." Tim Rice made it up.


Wikipedia: Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires (/ˈbweɪnəs ˈɛəriːz/ or /ˈaɪrɪs/, Spanish: [ˈbwenos ˈaiɾes]) is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent's southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around fifteen and a half million.

Wikipedia: Evita (musical)
Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. It concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita's early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death.

The musical began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London's West End in 1978, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical, and on Broadway a year later, where it was the first British musical to receive the Tony Award for Best Musical.
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Act I
"A Cinema in Buenos Aires, 26 July 1952" – Crowd°
"Requiem for Evita" – Chorus
"Oh What a Circus" – Che and Crowd
"On This Night of a Thousand Stars" – Magaldi
"Eva and Magaldi" / "Eva, Beware of the City" – Eva, Magaldi and Evita's Family
"Buenos Aires" – Eva and Crowd

YouTube
Evita Soundtrack - 04. Eva And Magaldi/Eva Beware Of The City
☆Madonna HD Audio
Uploaded on Apr 25, 2011
Eva And Magaldi/Eva Beware Of The City - Madonna, Jimmy Nail, Antonio Banderas - Music from the Motion Picture "Evita"

Lyrics:
[Eva:]
To think that a man as famous as you are
Could love a poor little nothing like me

[Chorus:]
[Eva:]
I wanna be a part of B.A.
Buenos Aires, Big Apple
[Eva's family:]
She wants to be a part of B.A.
Buenos Aires, Big Apple
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theater • Thursday, November 18, 2004 • Permalink