Evita Joins Superstar in Broadway Revival

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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.

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

EVITA and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR deserve new hearings, even though the iconic superstars of the original productions are not in the current casting. If the public would only consider attending performances by the ORIGINALS then not only BROADWAY but also OPERA and SYMPHONY but be forever banned. One could name dozens of musicals that would draw large audiences, that could be box office biggies. Let's have more of the previous masterpieces that will draw back many attendees who have issues with the current action versus melody approach.
I am a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques.
Websites: WagnerOpera.com, ShakespeareOpera.com, and RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com where one may download, free, 37 complete "Live from Carnegie Hall" selections that I have sung in four concerts, three of them three hours-long solo concerts and one concert, a Joint Recital with the dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann, in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, by opening up, downloading from the "Recorded Selections" venue on the home page. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is ''BRING HIM HOME," with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, The Impossible Dream, Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again and Earth Anthem, which I premiered on October 25, 1998, and 18 other selections.

Apr. 18 2012 09:17 PM

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