Evita: R. Martin to play only 7 perf's per week

Beginning 3 Sep 2012, Ricky Martin's performance schedule as 'Che' in the Broadway revival of Evita will be Tuesday to Saturdays. Max von Essen and Daniel Torres will alternate in the role of 'Che' at Monday evening performances.

The schedule change is part of a slight restructuring of Martin's appearance agreement with producers and will not change his overall number of performances in the musical.

Max von Essen's Broadway credits include both the original and revival production of 'Les Misérables,' the B'way premiere of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Dance of the Vampires.' Daniel Torres as appeared on Broadway in 'The Woman in White' and 'The Pirate Queen.'

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 stars Ricky Martin (Che), **Elena Roger (Eva Peron), Michael Cerveris (Juan Peron), Max Von Essen (Magaldi) and Rachel Potter (Mistress).
**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.

Ricky Martin as Che

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