An updated version of the classic Broadway musical “Evita,” starring Ricky Martin as Che Guevara, will premiere April 5 at the Marquis Theatre in NYC, producers confirmed on Thursday. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, Oct. 29 with previews beginning March 12.
The musical is being directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage and also features Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. Evita will be played by Argentine actress Elena Roger, who already played the role in London. The choreographer is Rob Ashford, recently nominated for two Tony Awards for his direction and choreography of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” currently starring Daniel Radcliffe.
This marks the first revival of the Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice musical since it first debuted over 30 years ago. The 1996 film version famously featured Madonna as the titular character and Antonio Banderas as Ché.
For Martin, it’s his second time on Broadway. Back in 1999 he debuted on the Great White Way in the role of Marius in the production of “Les Miserables.”
Martin is currently wrapping up his Música + Alma + Sexo tour and has said he will move to New York to begin rehearsals in January. Martin, who is nominated for several Latin Grammys, will perform at that awards ceremony Nov. 10.