If you have been putting off seeing Evita on Broadway, your days are numbered; the revival, which stars Grammy-winning pop superstar Ricky Martin as Che Guevara, is closing in just two weeks, on Jan. 26.
As an Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned production, we don’t blame you for thinking Evita would become a permanent fixture on Broadway. After all, Webber’s most acclaimed masterpiece, Phantom of the Opera, is the longest-running Broadway show of all time. But with Evita’s three big stars set to move on to other projects and productions, the producers of Evita decided to close the show rather than re-cast, reported the New York Times.
(In the weeks Ricky Martin was out sick, ticket sales lagged. So, it seems, Evita without Ricky Martin just wouldn’t be the same!)
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Evita tells the story of Eva Perón’s meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to an ambitious First Lady and adored champion of the poor. This production was the first to actually feature an Argentine actress in the leading role: Olivier Award-winner Elena Rogers. Meanwhile actor Michael Cerveris was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of Argentine President Juan Perón. Evita is perhaps best known for its remarkable score, which includes the emotionally sweeping “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”
By the time this production of Evita closes on Broadway January 26, it will have had 26 preview performances and 337 regular performances at the Marquis Theater.
So consider this fair warning: forget to buy tickets for this celebrated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita, and the only person who will be crying for you is…you.
So what’s your favorite song from Evita?