By Andrew Gans
09 Jun 2010
Plans are currently underway to remount the Michael Grandage-directed production of Evita — which opened at London's Adelphi Theatre in June 2006 starring Argentine actress Elena Roger — on Broadway in spring 2012, with Roger repeating her work for New York audiences.
Rob Ashford, who choreographed in London, will perform the same duties for the Broadway revival, which will be directed by Grandage and produced by Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders.
The Broadway production will play one of the theatres owned by the Nederlander Organization.
In a statement Martin said, "I've been blessed with the opportunity to perform on many of the world's largest concert stages, but I've never lost my love for the intimacy of the theater. I'm delighted to know that after I've had the chance to share new music and tour over the coming year, that I will then return once again to Broadway. I'm looking forward to playing such an essential part in Michael Grandage's wonderful production and the chance to work with the tremendously talented Elena Roger."
Evita, which premiered as a two-LP recording starring Julie Covington (Eva) and Colm Wilkinson (Che), features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). Hal Prince staged both the original London and New York productions of the musical, which made stars of Elaine Paige (in London) and Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone (on Broadway). The score features such tunes as "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "A New Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," "I'd Be Surprisingly Good for You" and "Rainbow High." Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce starred in the film version; Roger headed the cast of the now-closed London revival.