Evita Joins Superstar in Broadway Revival
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
She first told you not to cry, Argentina, back in 1978. Now — and how can it be 34 years later already? — Evita Perón, along with Juan and Che, are back for the very first Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical, Evita.
In fact, it’s a big season on Broadway for Lloyd Webber and Rice, the composer and lyricist, respectively, who led the first wave of the British invasion. The Evita revival now joins the currently running Jesus Christ Superstar revival.
The new Evita production at the Marquis Theater, based on a London revival, is directed by Michael Grandage and features Elena Roger in the title role, alongside the pop singer Ricky Martin as the narrator, Che, and Michael Cerveris as Juan Peron. But can Roger and Martin compete with the iconic Evita performances of Patti Lupone and Mandy Patinkin? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood tells you what he thinks.