Evita: Martin, Roger & Cerveris to depart 26 Jan 2013

Original cast members Grammy Award-winning Ricky Martin as 'Che,' Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as 'Eva Perón' and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as 'Juan Perón' will continue their run in Evita for two more months and play their final performance on 26 Jan 2013.

This musical will continue its open-ended run following the original stars' departure. Their replacements will be announced at a later date.

The 2006 London production of Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, opened at the Marquis Theatre on 5 Apr 2012, following previews from 12 Mar 2012.

The musical opened to mixed, but mostly excellent reviews: About as warmblooded as a gilded mummy (NY Times); A big, fat, juicy blockbuster (NY Post); Brings Evita to life in fine style (NY1): A dynamic new Evita (Variety).

The show was nominated for three Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Michael Cerveris) and Best Choreography.

Evita: Eva Peron used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. She won international acclaim and adoration from her own people as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world's first major political celebrity.

The musical tells Eva's passionate and tragic story through Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's score, which includes "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall" and "High Flying Adored," together with "You Must Love Me," the Oscar-winning hit from the film Evita.

The principal cast currently stars *Ricky Martin (Che), **Elena Roger (Eva Peron), Michael Cerveris (Juan Peron), Max Von Essen (Magaldi) and Rachel Potter (Mistress).
*Ricky Martin does not perform on Monday performances - he is replaced by an understudy
**Christina DeCicco will play the role of 'Eva Peron' at some performances

The creative team includes scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Mick Potter, wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey, projection designer Zachary Borovay and music supervisor/director Kristen Blodgette. Orchestrations are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen, and dance arrangements are by David Chase.

This is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago.

Elena Roger (Eva Peron) and Ricky Martin (Che)

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