By Andrew Gans
21 Jan 2011
As previously reported, pop star Ricky Martin will play the role of Che, the part created on Broadway by Mandy Patinkin, in the upcoming Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical.
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. Kristen Blodgette will be the musical director.
The Broadway production will play one of the theatres owned by the Nederlander Organization.
"It is very exciting to bring this new production of Evita to Broadway with an Argentinean woman in the title role for the very first time," added director Grandage. "With Ricky Martin joining the company, we now have an opportunity to make the production even more authentic and to celebrate Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's brilliant achievement as it comes to New York for the first time in over a quarter of a century."
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.