The No. 1 Reason To See: Evita
Evita hasn’t been seen on Broadway in over 30 years, but this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic is making up for it now with a grand-scale revival starring Ricky Martin, Elena Roger, and Michael Cerveris. Roger, who is Argentinian herself, portrays the controversial first lady of Argentina through her humble beginnings as a commoner, rising to become the internationally famous wife of President Juan Peron, to her early death from cancer.
The No. 1 Reason To See Evita: The opulence of the Casa Rosada
Michael Grandage directs this beautifully elaborate production, which features a bold leading lady, mesmerizing choreography, and a stunning set design. Roger, who is reprising her performance from the West End production, defies her teensy stature and proves formidable on stage. As the ladder-climbing Eva, Roger speaks with direct intention; there is no question that this woman knows what she wants. Her dancing is also phenomenal, as is the choreography by Rob Ashford. The “descamisados” of Buenos Aires tango and spin their way through the warmly lit streets with expertly pointed toes and engaging precision. Meanwhile, all these exciting performances (from the leads to the ensembles) take place among Christopher Oram’s gorgeous set design of the Casa Rosada—the Perons’ estate. With ornate balcony railings, deep archways, and buildings that peek out from behind, the set looks heavy and expensive—everything a Broadway production should be. The only question I’d have is: Where can I set up a table and enjoy a nice churrasco steak in the courtyard?
Evita student rush policy: Beginning when the box office opens, up to two tickets per person may be purchased for $38.