What an incredible night it was on Monday night!
I’m just gushing — still! Monday night, March 12, was opening night of previews for one of the most anticipated Broadway plays this year (no, I’m not just saying that; it is a fact) — EVITA. Anyone who knows me knows one of my biggest boy band teen crushes was Ricky Martin. (Am I dating myself?!…sigh…I need a moment). I was a HUGE Menudo fan. I believe my first concert was in 1984/85. So, I feel a closeness to Ricky, who was a cutie-p’tutie. I had been waiting for opening night for months since I purchased the ticket. From the time the announcement was made last year that Ricky had been cast in the role as Che, I made a decision that I would sell a pair of “Stiletto Fierceness”* to go (and you know that would have been a sacrifice).
I needed to pull myself together the night before, because of course, major prep work needed to be done:
- Choosing the most appropriate pair of “Stiletto Fierceness” (*Yes, I coined that term and have used it a number of times on Twitter.)
Okay, okay. I know. It sounds so nuts to be getting this worked up for some fine Latino dude who clearly (as many of us who are true fans knew for years but didn’t care one bit) isn’t the least bit interested in females, but please, have you seen him? (P.S. Have you seen Carlos, his partner? Woo, chile.)
I know you are not blind (especially if you’re reading this without someone reading it to you). And, yes, the fact doesn’t escape me that my chances would be slim that I would actually meet Mr. Martin so there was no reason for me to be overly fabulous. But, anything could happen, right? Good God Almighty. What a fine specimen. (sigh) He is so darned cute! I can’t stand it. It must be a Latin/Spanish thing. Gotta be.
Anyway, my day went like this:
- Work (until 6:00, but I did dash out for a short time in the afternoon to get my eyebrows done thanks to a Groupon ‘Now! Deal’ at Himalayan Eyebrow Threading in Midtown West)
- Dinner at Havana Central (with some of the most die-hard Ricky Martin fans this side of the Atlantic…yes, I’m saying it and I won’t take it back … Hola, ladies at #TSARM!)
- EVITA at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square (8:00 p.m. curtains up!…It started a little later than 8 o’clock, but that added to the excitement!)
It was all over just after 10:00 p.m. — I think, I really can’t remember. My heart was beating so quickly during the entire performance, I’m surprised I didn’t pass out on the couple next to me. Mezzanine, 3rd row, center seats felt like I could reach down and grab him. He sang (see, Gen Y and those who fall in behind them, real singers sing and not merely lip sync). He was funny. He flashed that million-dollar smile. (If you saw the Glee! episode, his character was “a former perfect teeth model” before becoming a Spanish teacher.)
EVITA on Broadway with a dose of hotness (and talent) called ‘Ricky Martin’ is a Broadway “must see”!
The cast is extremely talented — all of them — including Elena Roger (Eva) and Michael Cerveris (Perón).
Ricky shook those hips a few too many times, he almost made me lose my d*mn mind. Ay, Dios Mio. (Lord, where’s my ice water? I’m having a hot flash.)