Posted by: The Dark Agent Date: Monday, February 16, 2004, at 10:14 a.m. IP Address: dhcp-128-194-7-100.resnet.tamu.edu
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I know that this reply is probably two years late but in case anyone else wanted to know, the part of Che in the original stage production is supposed to be Che Guevara, who was a communist revolutionary from Argentina. He later helped Fidel Castro take power in Cuba and became it's minister of industry. On stage Che would be dressed up in a beret and army fatigues, reflecting the real historical figure. On stage he was played by Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya from "The Princess Bride")
When the film version came around (the film is not as negative about Eva as the stage version so you can say it has been watered down), many felt that having a Communist rebel (who opposed the US) as narrator might not sit well with American audiences. So the "Guervara" was dropped from the character's name and he just became "Che," an 'everyman' narrator who is everybody and nobody at the same time. He mainly represents the working class.