Video preview: EVITA on Broadway with Ricky Martin

I’ll be seeing this April 26th – can’t wait. Rob Ashford’s choreography looks great in the video.

Love the score, love the idea of a fresh version of the show, and who doesn’t want to meet Ricky Martin backstage?

A few reviews:

Elysa Gardner, USA Today: Though Rogers’ voice isn’t strong, her singing has a raw ache and folky authenticity. She also moves like a gazelle, reinforcing Eva’s beguiling sensuality and adding further sparkle to Ashford’s earthy, vibrant dance numbers. The narrator, Che, isn’t presented as the flamboyant revolutionary (based on Che Guevera) he became under Harold Prince’s original direction. A charming Ricky Martin plays the character more as an amused, sometimes sympathetic spectator; though critical of Eva, as Rice’s lyrics demand, he also conveys a certain tenderness.

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press: 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.

Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal: Never having seen Harold Prince’s much-admired original production of “Evita,” I’m not in a position to compare it to this one, and in a way I’m glad. Despite the inadequacies of its nominal star, Mr. Grandage’s “Evita” is an impressive achievement that should be judged on its own merits, which are legion. Even if you don’t like Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music, it will hold your eye from curtain to curtain.