Ricky Martin Bumps Evita Star To The Back Of The Bus

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The Evita producers know where their empanada is buttered.

Every night, hundreds of screaming people wait outside the stage door to see their singing and dancing idol, Ricky Martin, emerge, all sweaty and triumphant.

They also happen to be the same people who paid top dollar to see the show.

So in yesterday's New York Times, there was a sumptuous two-page spread for the revival featuring a silhouetted version of the above photo!

In other words, Ricky--who plays the bemused "Che," a sort of glorified supporting character who's an Everyman/Narrator--was muy grande and right up in your face, while poor Evita (the very good Elena Roger) can be spotted on a balcony, several miles away.

Do you see her? No, look further back and squint. Yep, there she is. She's standing back for Argentina.

Ay! Why don't they just let Ricky play the title role already?


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16 comments
Gay4BaySF
Gay4BaySF

"Back of the bus?" Was Evita black? I don't get it. ???

Marielaine
Marielaine

Possibly one of the worst things I've seen on Broadway in a long time...I want my money back!

Dwntwn10009
Dwntwn10009

"The very good Elena Roger"? I would go with mousy, sharp, or forgettable. Yuck.

RC61Austin
RC61Austin

It's too bad that many of those crowded around at the stage door aren't even show paying fans.  By the time people get out of the theatre, there's already a large crowd outside the Marquis stage door.  I should know.  I was  at the first preview of "Evita."  Once I got out and found the stage door, there was already a huge crowd.  I stayed there for a good while and managed to see the ahmaazing  Max von Essen and the lady who played the Mistress. 

Supergr8
Supergr8

"There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you." - Christal Conners.

TT
TT

Oh shut up, 

she has all those fabulous dresses and great songs to sing - Elena has nothing to complain about :)

And Ricky is great and sweet and hot.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Wonder how Michael Cerveris feels?

To a great extent, he's the one who got the reviews.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

I was going to say "it's not a supporting role" but I looked it up and the original Che, Many Patinkin, won the Tony for Best Featured Actor, so it is. 

latenitebump
latenitebump

good for him. glad his 15 minutes ain´t up.

Loins
Loins

Good for Ricky! A Broadway triumph for the Menudo queen.

Kassandra
Kassandra

Also, the ad didn't mention composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Weird.

rolph
rolph

Well, Patti didn't get instant approbation in the role either.

Sigmoid
Sigmoid

Well, Elena doesn't sell tickets, so she's back of the bus.

Coiff
Coiff

And look at him, way back there without even a spotlight.

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