According to New York Daily News, Mega-Star Ricky Martin gives a great big touch of star quality to the seductive revival of “Evita” at the Marquis. He also gives an appealing performance in the role of Che, which, like the show, has been re-imagined since the first Broadway run.
The sung-through celebration of the life of Eva Peron, the loved and loathed First Lady of Argentina, is less scruffy, less overtly angry.
Che isn’t the revolutionary Che Guevara beamed in from another era. That’s so 1979 — when Harold Prince’s original production vaulted Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin into the stratosphere.
Now he’s just Che, a working-class everyman lending color commentary in the songs “Oh, What a Circus” and “High Flying, Adored” and others.
Pop heartthrob Martin (a “Les Miserables” alum from 1996) delivers his numbers with gusto. While he’s at it, he hawkeyes Eva with a sly “Get her!” expression as she bedhops to the top
She was determined — right up to her death in 1952 at age 33.
Argentinian actress Elena Roger, who starred in this production when it premiered in London in 2006, occupies the juicy title part. She’s tiny in stature and not a belter, and her vulnerability proves persuasive on “I’d Be Surprisingly Good for You.” But her voice can get thin and reedy — “Rainbow High” is a low.
Topic: Betty Buckley – Randy Jackson (American Idol)
According to New York Post, Broadway legend and former “Eight is Enough” star Betty Buckley launched a Twitter tirade against “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson Thursday night, for his habit of dismissing the show’s failed singers as “too Broadway.”
“With respect, ‘Dog,’ your opinion is whack & uninformed!” Buckley tweeted, calling Jackson’s characterizations “beneath contempt” and “beyond idiotic!!!”
Buckley feels that in disparaging Broadway, Jackson displays an ignorance of singing styles, and casts an inappropriately negative light on the Great White Way.
“Broadway is a place, not a style of singing,” Buckley tells the Post. “Whenever he doesn’t like something, he just throws in that ‘this is a Broadway voice.’ I don’t know how many Broadway shows Randy Jackson has been to, but clearly not many, because there’s a wide variety of shows on Broadway.”
Buckley’s Twitter comments spread so quickly that Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe responded sympathetically several hours later, calling Broadway “a Mecca for talent,” and adding, “I will certainly speak to Randy.”