Gail and I are in New York for 3 days of theater, starting with the revival of Evita. It’s incredible.
In the Marquis Theater, inside the Marriott Marquis right smack dab in Times Square, they have significantly remade the play with all new sets, costumes and choreography; the music remains the same because it’s perfect.
Pop music idol Ricky Martin plays Che, in a very different portrayal than in years past. Mandy Patinkin was a brooding, angry Che, filled with rage at the oppressive system. Martin, head thrust forward like Dan Ackroyd selling Bass-O-Matics, smirking like Burt Reynolds in Cannonball Run, is a (somewhat) more dispassionate observer. He has sold over 60 million albums; I guess you could say he can sing. Martin dances well, and the production seems to have him onstage most of the time. The audience was clearly his from his first entrance–which would explain all…
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