A couple of weeks back we heard that Evita had returned to Broadway in NYC with Ricky Martin as one of the lead stars. In opened in previews on March 12th and Thursday was the official opening night. As you will recall, Latin popstar Ricky Martin plays Ché in this new production of Evita and he is joined by Elena Roger in the lead role of Eva Perón and Michael Cerveris as Colonel Juan Domingo Perón. Ricky was given a bunch of roses and a standing ovation at curtain call, but reviews that are now surfacing, are somewhat critical of the production and Ricky’s performance.
I have been very excited to see this show because Evita is one of my favorite musicals and I also loved the film adaptation. These pics from the opening night seem to tell a story of success, Ricky Martin’s face as he holds his large bunch of red roses looks like pure joy. Sadly though, not all of the reviews are so shining. The NY Times theater review says..
“As Che, Mr. Martin, the chart-topping pop star, is thin voiced, polite, vaguely charming and forgettable. The intensity that Mr. Patinkin brought to the part has been discarded (along with the stringy hair and revolutionary battle fatigues), and this Che is a subversive you could bring home to meet the folks.”
Ouch! The review’s crux – “this just in: Eva Perón is still dead”.
I know very often it is best to judge theater for yourself, rather than take a review too seriously, but I have to say, this is what I was worried about when I heard about Evita being brought back to Broadway in a new production. I am still going to try and catch this production, despite the reviews, and actually in some ways because of these reviews. Hmmm…