Don’t Cry For Me Argentina: Evita to Close on Broadway
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina. As the horrible months of January and February approach on Broadway, so do the looming show closure notices that unfortunately always make their way into our daily headlines this time of year. While the winter season is already beginning to claim it’s victims, one show that people did not see closing is the one we bring you word of today. Luner on Theatre is bringing you the announcement that Evita will close on Broadway come January 26th, 2012.
Evita is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical is based off the real life story of Argentine political leader Eva Peron and her marriage to Argentine president, Juan Peron. According to a press release, Evita is about Eva Perón who used her smarts and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”
In late November, producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders announced Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris would all be departing Evita and planning their final performance January 26th, 2012. They also announced that new stars for the production would be released at a later date and the show would continue its run at The Marquis Theatre in Times Square. However, Luftig and Sanders have now announced that Evita will close entirely on Broadway comes January 26th. This decision comes after casting challenges to replace the three big names with other names that are not only as talented but recognizable.
Both producers released statements regarding the production while announcing the closing of Evita entirely.
“Our extensive search for a new cast presented the significant challenges of not only replacing a high-caliber trio of stars but also synchronizing the schedules of potential replacements with that of the production. Despite going down the road with a variety of artists, the planets have simply not aligned for us to engage the right talent at the right time. Therefore, we have made the decision to end this incredible journey on a high note on January 26 with our original stars intact.” (Hal Luftig)
“The style, grace and vision brought to this legendary musical by the cast, musicians and creative team exceeded our wildest expectations. We were thrilled by the diversity of the audiences that have filled the Marquis every evening and look forward to sharing this beautiful production with even larger audiences across the country beginning next fall.” (Scott Sanders)
Evita is currently set to launch a national tour of the production, based off this latest Broadway version, in September 2013 at The Providence Performing Arts Center. The show will close on Broadway after 26 previews and 337 performances.
As time has passed since the announcement of Evita‘s closing, details regarding who the producers were seeking to replace their top stars have been revealed. Some of the top replacements for Che include Enrique Iglesias, Antonio Banderas, Marc Anthony, Ramin Karimloo and Raul Esparza. When it comes to Eva Peron, top replacements include Idina Menzel, Karen Olivo, Sierra Boggess, Lea Michele and Jordin Sparks. All of these replacements could not end up filling the roles due to conflicts with a variety of other projects they are currently or scheduled to work on. This has lead to the producers decision to close the production entirely with their three main names still in tact.
Evita will continue to play on Broadway at The Marquis Theatre through January 26th, 2012. If you can’t make your way to New York to check out Evita through the end of it’s run, you’ll have the chance to experience this production when its starts touring the nation next september. For more information, check out Evita’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!