Max Von Essen Announces Final "Che" Dates for Broadway's Evita

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As previously reported, Grammy winner Ricky Martin is now playing a seven-performance weekly schedule in the current Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, which will conclude its run Jan. 26, 2013, at the Marquis Theatre.

Max von Essen
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Martin performs Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays at 2 PM and 8 PM, Thursdays at 8 PM, Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM.

Max von Essen, who usually plays the role of Magaldi, and Daniel Torres alternate in the role of Che at Monday evening performances. Von Essen, according to his official website, will play his final performances as Che Jan. 6, 7, 14 and 21.

On Broadway von Essen played Enjolras in the 2008 revival of Les Misérables, Alfred in Dance of the Vampires, Jean Prouvaire in the closing company of the original Les Misérables, and he made his debut as a disciple in the revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other New York credits include Death Takes a Holiday, The Duke of Windsor in Only A Kingdom at the York Theater, Alexander the Great in The History of War at The New York Music Theater Festival, The Soldier in the Transport Group's acclaimed revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again, Tremont in Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, Woody in Finian's Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre and Matt in The Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse.  Regionally, von Essen starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of The Baker's Wife and the Kennedy Center's staging of Mame. He also spent over a year roller-skating across the country as Sonny Malone in Xanadu. Von Essen's recording of "Just in Time for Christmas," the David Friedman-David Zippel holiday anthem written for and originally recorded by the late Nancy LaMott, is now available by visiting iTunes; proceeds benefit The Trevor Project.

Daniel Torres has been seen on Broadway in The Woman in White, The Pirate Queen, A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden), Off-Broadway in Altar Boyz, and in the national tour of Wicked. His regional theatre credits include PCLO, Sundance, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodspeed, Cleveland Opera.

The schedule change, according to a previous press statement, is "part of a slight restructuring of Mr. Martin’s appearance agreement with producers and will not change his overall number of performances in Evita." Martin posted on Twitter Aug. 28, "Yes, I Will Switch to Seven Performances a Week This Fall And I'll Stay Longer In Evita" The Broadway production stars Grammy winner Martin as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger, who plays six shows a week, as Eva Perón and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. (Christina DeCicco stars in the title role at Wednesday evening and Saturday matinee performances.)

"Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady," according to press notes. "She won international acclaim and adoration from her own people as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world's first major political celebrity."

The creative team includes Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin, Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter, wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey, projection designer Zachary Borovay and music supervisor/director Kristen Blodgette. Orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen and dance arrangements are by David Chase.

Producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders announced on Dec. 11 that the 2012 Tony Award-nominated production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita would close Jan. 26, 2013, after 26 previews and 337 regular performances at Broadway's Marquis Theatre.

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