24 Feb 2010
Elena Roger in Evita
It looks likely that the critically acclaimed revival of Evita, which opened at London's Adelphi Theatre in June 2006 starring Argentine actress Elena Roger in the title role, is heading to Broadway.
The New York Post reports that plans are currently underway to remount the Michael Grandage-directed production on Broadway next year at a Nederlander theatre-to-be-announced with Roger repeating her work for New York audiences.
No official announcement about the production has been made.
The Post also says that producers are hoping to lure a star to play the role of narrator Che, the part originated on Broadway by Tony winner Mandy Patinkin. An offer has reportedly been made to pop star Ricky Martin, although Martin has yet to accept. Martin made his Broadway debut in Les Miserables.
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, according to the Post.
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.