Evita Ricky Martin
High Flying Adored – Ricky Martin & Elena Roger Evita on Broadway 2012
Evita is a musical production, 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 Argentinian president Juan Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Evita began as a rock opera concept album released in 1976. Its success led to productions in London’s West End in 1978, and on Broadway a year later, both of which enjoyed considerable success. A major 1996 film of the musical was made, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. The musical was revived in London in 2006. Evita has been given numerous professional tours and worldwide productions, and numerous cast albums have been recorded.
The Broadway production with Patti LuPone in the title role The show opened at the Broadway Theatre on 25 September 1979 and closed on 26 June 1983, after 1,567 performances and 17 previews. A young, unknown Patti LuPone starred as Eva, with Mandy Patinkin as Ché and Bob Gunton as Perón. As in the London production, Harold Prince directed with choreography by Larry Fuller. During the run, six actresses alternated playing the title role, in addition to LuPone: Terri Klausner, Nancy Opel, Pamela Blake (matinees), Derin Altay, Loni Ackerman and Florence Lacey
A Broadway revival of the 2006 West End production of Evita ran at the Marquis Theatre, with Elena Roger in the title role, Ricky Martin as Che, Michael Cerveris as Peron, Max von Essen as Magaldi and Rachel Potter as Mistress, with Christina DeCicco as the alternate for Eva Perón. Direction was by Michael Grandage, choreography by Rob Ashford, set and costume design by Christopher Oram and lighting design by Neil Austin. The show was produced by Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders. Previews began on March 12, 2012 with the official opening on April 5, 2012. The production was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Evita closed on January 26, 2013 after 337 performances and 26 previews.
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