The last couple of years have been incredible for Latinos on The Great White Way, first with In The Heights, the musical about the uptown Manhattan (and predominately Latino) neighborhood of Washington Heights, which won four Tony awards in 2008! And if our predictions are right, Broadway's latest revival, Evita, will be garnering quite a few Tony's of its own!
Latina got an exclusive first look at the iconic musical on opening night, April 5, 2012, when tons of stars from Ruben Blades and Rafael Marquez to Barbara Walters, Michael Douglass and Jude Law (It was quite a spectacle!) came out to support. Here are five reasons you need to see the show ASAP:
Elena Rogers: The breakout Argentine star played Evita in London before crossing the pond and we can see why she's getting a chance to reprise the role. She's got a unique voice that brings new life and personality to the character, and hailing from the place the musical takes place never hurts either. Check her out in the video below:
You feel like you're actually in Buenos Aires: The sets and lighting are absolutely amazing! The balcony where Evita sings her famous "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" expands almost into the audience to make you feel as though she's addressing you personally as one of her many subjects. We'd be surprised if the show didn't win a Tony for its sets or lighting alone.
Ricky Martin as Ché: Ricky proves he's great at yet another thing. Our February cover star might have already made us laugh in Glee, but something about Ricky's animated acting chops lends itself perfectly to the stage.
It's a great way to learn the story. It's not always taught in history books, so seeing the musical is a fun way of learning about Evita or teaching your children about Eva Peron, a champion for the poor.
The music is amazing and will get stuck in your head. It's been a few days since opening night and we can't stop humming away to the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hit.
If you're unable to check the musical out on Broadway, Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris and the rest of the Evita cast will perform two numbers from the show on ABC's Good Morning America this Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8:30am ET.
Evita's performance schedule is Monday–Saturday at 8:00pm, with matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00pm. Beginning April 10, 2012, Tuesday performances will start at 7:00pm. Tickets range from $67-$142, and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000.