Broadway Revival of Evita, Starring Ricky Martin, Did Not Recoup Investment
By Andrew Gans
The Tony-nominated revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, which played its final performance Jan. 26 at the Marquis Theatre, failed to recoup its initial investment, according to Bloomberg.com.
The production, which cost $9.6 million, had initially raised $11 million from investors. The revival ran for 46 weeks; Bloomberg.com states that a 63-week run would have been necessary for recoupment.
When it closed, Evita — the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical since it debuted at the Broadway Theatre over 30 years ago — played 26 previews and 337 regular performances.
The cast was headed by Grammy winner Ricky Martin (Che), Olivier Award winner Elena Roger (Eva Perón) and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Juan Perón). Christina DeCicco played Eva at select performances.
Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford, Evita began previews March 12, 2012, and opened on April 5 at The Marquis Theatre.
The cast also featured Max von Essen as Magaldi, Rachel Potter as the Mistress, Ashley Amber, George Lee Andrews, Wendi Bergamini, Eric L. Christian, Kristine Covillo, John Cudia, Margot de La Barre, Bradley Dean, Rebecca Eichenberger, J. Austin Eyer, Melanie Field, Jennie Ford, Constantine Germanacos, Laurel Harris, Bahiyah Hibah, Nick Kenkel, Erica Mansfield, Emily Mechler, Ava-Riley Miles, Sydney Morton, Jessica Lea Patty, Aleks Pevec, Kristie Dale Sanders, Timothy Shew, Mavis Simpson-Ernst, Michaeljon Slinger, Johnny Stellard, Alex Michael Stoll, Daniel Torres and Matt Wall.
A national tour of the musical is expected to launch in September at Providence Performing Arts Center. No casting has been announced.
The creative team also included Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram (Red), Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin (Red), Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter (Woman In White), wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey (Frost/Nixon), projection designer Zachary Borovay (Rock of Ages) and music supervisor/director Kristen Blodgette (Mary Poppins).
Orchestrations were by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen (Sunset Boulevard), and dance arrangements were by David Chase (Billy Elliot).
"Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady," according to production notes. "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 revival featured songs from the original staging, such as "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "Rainbow High" and "High Flying Adored," as well as "You Must Love Me," which was penned for the 1996 film adaptation.
Evita has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Harold Prince staged the original London and New York productions. Elaine Paige earned an Olivier Award for creating the role in London. Patti LuPone, who starred in the 1979 Broadway staging, earned a Tony Award for her work alongside Tony winner Mandy Patinkin as Che. Evita also earned the 1980 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.
The revival received Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris) and Best Choreographer (Rob Ashford).
Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders produced the revival.
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