Marquis Theatre, (4/05/2012 - 1/26/2013)

First Preview: Mar 12, 2012
Opening Date: Apr 05, 2012
Closing Date: Jan 26, 2013
Total Previews: 26
Total Performances: 337

Category: Musical, Drama, Revival, Broadway
Setting: Junin and Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1934-1952.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; James L. Nederlander: President)

Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Ricardo Hornos, Carol R. Fineman, Brian Smith and Warren & Jâlé Trepp

Originally produced by André Ptaszynski and The Really Useful Theatre Company Ltd.; World premiere in 1978 directed by Harold Prince

Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Music orchestrated by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen; Dance arrangements by David Chase

Directed by Michael Grandage; Choreographed by Rob Ashford; Associate Director: Seth Sklar-Heyn; Associate Choreographer: Christopher Bailey

Scenic Design by Christopher Oram; Costume Design by Christopher Oram; Lighting Design by Neil Austin; Sound Design by Mick Potter; Hair and Wig Design by Richard Mawbey; Projection Design by Zachary Borovay; Make-Up Design by Jason Goldsberry; Associate Scenic Design: Bryan Johnson; Associate Costume Design: Barry Doss; Associate Lighting Design: Daniel Walker; Associate Sound Design: Anthony Smolenski; Associate Projection Design: Driscoll Otto

General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals; Company Manager: Nathan Gehan; Associate Gen. Mgr: David Roth

Technical Supervisor: Christopher C. Smith; Production Stage Manager: Michael J. Passaro; Stage Manager: Pat Sosnow

Musical Supervisor: Kristen Blodgette; Musical Coordinator: David Lai; Conducted by Kristen Blodgette; Associate Conductor: William Waldrop; Woodwinds: James Ercole and Kathleen Nester; Trumpet: James de la Garza and Alex Holton; Trombone: Tim Albright; French Horn: Shelagh Abate; Guitar: Michael Aarons; Bass: Jeff Cooper; Drums: Bill Lanham; Percussion: Dave Roth; Keyboard: Andrew Einhorn and William Waldrop; Keyboards/Accordion: Eddie Monteiro; Violin: Victor Costanzi, Katherine Livolsi-Landau and Suzy Perelman; Viola: David Blinn; Cello: Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf

Dance Captain: Jennie Ford; Casting: Telsey + Company; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Press Representative: The Hartman Group; Marketing: Type A Marketing and Anne Rippey; Website & Online Marketing: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Richard Termine

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Opening Night Cast

Michael CerverisPerón
(Mar 12, 2012 - Jan 26, 2013)
Ricky MartinChe
(Mar 12, 2012 - Jan 26, 2013)
Elena Roger
Broadway debut
Eva Perón
(Mar 12, 2012 - Jan 26, 2013)
Christina DeCicco
at Wednesday evening and Saturday matinee performances
Eva Perón
Alternate
Rachel PotterMistress
Ensemble
Max von EssenMagaldi
Ashley AmberEnsemble
George Lee AndrewsPriest
Cabinet Member
Eva's Lover
Ensemble
Eric L. ChristianEnsemble
Kristine CovilloEnsemble
Colin CunliffeEva's Family
(Mar 12, 2012 - Oct 03, 2012)
Eva's Lover
(Mar 12, 2012 - Oct 03, 2012)
Ensemble
(Mar 12, 2012 - Oct 03, 2012)
Margot de la BarreNurse
Eva's Family
Ensemble
Bradley DeanCabinet Member
Eva's Family
General
Ensemble
Rebecca EichenbergerEva's Family
Ensemble
Melanie FieldNurse
Ensemble
Maya Jade FrankChild
(Mar 12, 2012 - Jul 01, 2012)
Constantine GermanacosGeneral
Ensemble
Laurel HarrisEnsemble
Bahiyah HibahEnsemble
Nick KenkelEnsemble
Brad LittleItalian Admiral
Cabinet Member
General
Ensemble
Erica MansfieldEnsemble
Emily MechlerEnsemble
Isabela MonerChild
Alternate
Sydney MortonEva's Family
Ensemble
Jessica Lea PattyEnsemble
Aleks PevecEva's Lover
(Mar 12, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012)
Ensemble
(Mar 12, 2012 - Sep 09, 2012)
Kristie Dale SandersEnsemble
Timothy ShewEnsemble
Johnny StellardEva's Lover
Ensemble
Alex Michael StollEva's Lover
Ensemble
Daniel TorresGeneral
Ensemble

Swings: Wendi Bergamini, Jennie Ford, Michaeljon Slinger and Matt Wall

Understudies: Bradley Dean (Perón), Christina DeCicco (Eva Perón), Constantine Germanacos (Magaldi), Laurel Harris (Eva Perón), Brad Little (Perón), Emily Mechler (Mistress), Sydney Morton (Mistress), Jessica Lea Patty (Eva Perón), Daniel Torres (Che), Max von Essen (Che) and Matt Wall (Magaldi)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 2012 Best Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Ricardo Hornos, Carol R. Fineman, Brian Smith and Warren & Jâlé Trepp

 2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Cerveris

 2012 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

Drama Desk Award

 2012 Outstanding Revival of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Yasuhiro Kawana, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Gutterman Fuld Chernoff/Pittsburgh CLO, Thousand Stars Productions, Adam Blanshay, Adam Zotovich, Robert Ahrens, Stephanie P. McClelland, Carole L. Haber, Ricardo Hornos, Carol R. Fineman, Brian Smith and Warren & Jâlé Trepp

 2012 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Ricky Martin

 2012 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Michael Cerveris

 2012 Outstanding Choreography [nominee] 

Rob Ashford

 2012 Outstanding Lighting Design [nominee] 

Neil Austin

Songs

music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Tim Rice

ACT 1 Sung By
RequiemThe Company
Oh, What a CircusChe and Company
On This Night of a Thousand StarsMagaldi
Eva, Beware of the CityMagaldi, Eva Perón, Che and Family
Buenos AiresEva Perón, Che and Company
Goodnight and Thank YouChe, Eva Perón and Lovers
The Art of the PossiblePerón, Eva Perón and Officers
Charity ConcertMagaldi, Che, Perón and Company
I'd Be Surprisingly Good for YouEva Perón and Perón
Another Suitcase in Another HallMistress
Perón's Latest FlameChe and Company
A New ArgentinaPerón, Eva Perón, Che and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
On the Balcony of the Casa RosadaPerón and Company
Don't Cry for Me ArgentinaEva Perón
High Flying, AdoredChe and Eva Perón
Rainbow HighEva Perón and Valets
Rainbow TourPerón, Che, Eva Perón and Company
The Chorus Girl Hasn't LearnedEva Perón and Company
And the Money Kept Rolling InChe and Company
Santa EvitaChild and Company
Waltz for Eva and CheEva Perón and Che
You Must Love MeEva Perón
She is a DiamondPerón and Officers
Dice Are RollingPerón and Eva Perón
Eva's Final BroadcastEva Perón
MontageCompany
LamentEva Perón

Reviews


AP: "Ricky Martin Is Easily The Best Thing About This Revival"

Much of the buzz coming from the new revival "Evita" has been about the spitfire Argentine playing the title role. But all of the heat actually comes from the guy shaking his bon-bon.

Ricky Martin is easily the best thing about this revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's bio of Eva Peron, which opened Thursday at the Marquis Theatre. He sings beautifully, dances gracefully, athletically climbs ladders, plays his role with a knowing sneer and elicits drools in his suspenders and tight white shirt. He even makes a mustache work.

In fact, maybe it's time for Broadway to have a new rule: Put Ricky Martin in everything. He would fit in happily at "Newsies." He would definitely enliven "Death of a Salesman." Heck, put him in "Mary Poppins" and watch the roof really lift off.

Crisply directed by Michael Grandage ("Frost/Nixon"), with high-kicking choreography by Rob Ashford ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"), this showy iteration of "Evita" had a yearlong run in London in 2006-07 and returns to Broadway for the first time since it opened there 33 years ago.

Of the three leads in London – Grammy Award-winner Martin as Che, the spokesman of the working class; Elena Roger as the ambitious Eva Peron; and Michael Cerveris as Juan Peron – only Roger has made the trip to Broadway. It was a risk: The petite Roger, who received lavish praise in the West End, may actually be from Argentina but is virtually unknown in the U.S.

Yet while Roger admirably throws herself into every tango and commands the spotlight, her voice doesn't always seem up for the demand of Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber's songs and gets a bit screechy at the higher registers.

Her Evita, overall, is more insistent and feral, less charismatic and glamorous. She barely pulls off such great lines as "They need to adore me/so Christian Dior me" and "Stand back – you wanna know what'cha gonna get in me/Just a little touch of star quality!" Madonna, who played the crypto-fascist first lady on film, didn't have the authenticity, but at least made those work.

Roger's "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" is good without being brilliant, and her "You Must Love Me" is lovely, though a tad angry. Tony Award-winner Cerveris is typically solid, able to add a neediness and tenderness to a Juan Peron who is thinly written. But Martin, whose repertoire of pop songs includes "Shake Your Bon-Bon" and "Livin' La Vida Loca," outshines them both with a youthful vigor that escaped Antonio Banderas in the film. Martin seems to catch the eye whatever he does: prowling the stage, mocking the Perons or just leaning against a wall.

Those walls, by the way, are gorgeous. Christopher Oram's balconies, palace facade and a piazza – all warmly lit by Neil Austin – are stunningly lifelike and rich. They even move forward or back to highlight moments. The use of two levels highlights the divide between the unwashed and the awash in jewels.

Ashford pulls out all the stops in the dancing. His soldiers are menacing, and his peasants have mastered a chin-raised, high-leg style punctuated by plenty of handkerchief waving. The group tangos aren't so regimented that individual couples don't shine and, at some points, the performers on stage add to the percussive rhythm by banging tables or stomping their feet. The music is big, brash, and the orchestrations – by Lloyd Webber and David Cullen – emphasizes Latin flavors.

And yet there's something distancing about this "Evita." Partly that's due to a fragmentary score that is steeped in opera in the first act and then gets Broadway brashy by the second. More than "Jesus Christ Superstar," the other sung-through Rice-Lloyd Webber revival that recently opened a few blocks away, listening to "Evita" reminds us that before it was a stage musical it was a concept album.

Another thing that all the great voices, sets and dancing can't overcome is the apparently contradictory feelings Lloyd Webber and Rice have for Eva Peron. Was she a cynical, bed-hopping manipulator who rose to power out of thirst for power or did she really have her peoples' interest at heart?

Both visions compete furiously in "Evita" and even clash in the same song, "Santa Evita," which can be seen either as a cynical public stunt between Peron and a child or a heartfelt moment of populist politics.

As in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Lloyd Webber and Rice are exploring the caustic intersection of politics and showbiz. There's one thing "Evita" has that its sibling does not, and that's a guy named Ricky. Hugh Jackman has some competition as king of Broadway.


AP
04/05/2012

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Marquis Theatre

(4/5/2012 - 1/26/2013)
Company Manager: Kate Egan(Dec 18, 2012 - Jan 26, 2013); Assistant Co. Mgr: Lee Poulin(Dec 18, 2012 - Jan 26, 2013).

Assistant Stage Mgr: Michael Ulreich.

Keyboard: Brian Taylor.

Cast

Stephen R. Buntrock
Ensemble
John Cudia
Ensemble
Christina DeCicco
Eva Perón (Jul 12, 2012 - Jul 19, 2012)
Eva Perón (Aug 11, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012)
Ava DeMary
Child Alternate
(Jul 3, 2012 - ?)
J. Austin Eyer
Ensemble (Oct 5, 2012 - ?)
Matt Loehr
Ensemble (Sep 11, 2012 - ?)
Ava-Riley Miles
Child Alternate
(Dec 10, 2012 - ?)
Jessica Lea Patty
at Wednesday evening and Saturday matinee performances
Eva Perón Alternate
(Jul 12, 2012 - Jul 19, 2012)
at Wednesday evening and Saturday matinee performancesEva Perón Alternate
(Aug 11, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012)
Gabrielle Ruiz
Ensemble
Mavis Simpson-Ernst
Child Alternate
(Jul 3, 2012 - ?)
Daniel Torres
during Ricky Martin's absence
Che (Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 7, 2012)
during Ricky Martin's absenceChe (Aug 6, 2012 - Aug 11, 2012)
at Monday evening performancesChe Alternate
(Sep 2012 - ?)
Max von Essen
during Ricky Martin's absence
Che (Jul 2, 2012 - Jul 7, 2012)
during Ricky Martin's absenceChe (Aug 6, 2012 - Aug 11, 2012)
at Monday evening performances. Che Alternate
(Sep 2012 - ?)



Understudies: Stephen R. Buntrock (Perón), John Cudia (Perón), Margot de la Barre (Mistress), Bradley Dean (Magaldi), Gabrielle Ruiz (Mistress).


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