Christopher Roberts, the current president of Universal Music Group’s Classics and Jazz division, is known for his contributions to the industry over his 30-year career. Among his many accomplishments, Christopher Roberts created Decca Broadway, a Universal Music label that released original soundtrack recordings for Broadway musicals turned into movies, such as Mamma Mia!, Cats, Les Misérables, and Evita.
With music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Evita remains one of the duo’s most successful musicals. Based on the life of Argentine First Lady Eva Perón, it tells the story of the cultural icon’s rise to fame, political career, and untimely death from undiagnosed cervical cancer at the age of 31.
The musical had a long and profitable run on Broadway and was made into a movie starring Madonna as Eva Perón and Antonio Banderas as the omniscient narrator. Some of the best-recognized songs from the play and movie are “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” “High Flying, Adored,” and “You Must Love Me.”