This isn’t happening for another two years, but the news is too exciting to keep under wraps! Broadway producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders have announced that the first new production of Evita in more than 30 years will launch in a Nederlander Theater in the Spring of 2012 with Latin superstar Ricky Martin, who has finally accepted the role, playing Che. Opposite Ricky will be Argentine actress Elena Roger (who will reprise her critically acclaimed performance from the 2006 production in London’s West End) as the lead role of Eva Peron, the larger-than-life political figure who used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady from 1946 until her death in 1952.
Evita was made even more famous with contemporary audiences thanks to the 1996 film of the same name, starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. Martin's character, loosely based on Ernesto "Che" Guevara, serves as a sort of cynical narrator, but also as a conscience for Evita, who struggles to balance her own passion and ambitions with power and greed.
"I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to perform on many of the world’s largest concert stages, but I’ve never lost my love for the intimacy of the theater,” says Ricky Martin, who made his Broadway debut as Marius in the original production of Les Misérables. "I’m delighted to know that after I’ve had the chance to share new music and tour over the coming year, that I will then return once again to Broadway. I’m looking forward to playing such an essential part in Michael Grandage’s wonderful production and the chance to work with the tremendously talented Elena Roger."
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