Remember this? Well, less than a year later EVITA fans and Ricky Martin fans would be seated in the Marquis Theatre in Times Square for the last time to see a talented cast with amazing choreography and timeless songs.
I’m not a Broadway fanatic, but I’ve seen a few shows in the last 3 years that have been impressive. I almost wish I’d treated myself to some of the more famous ones that are now long gone. But, if you’re a true resident of New York, you almost never go to Broadway plays. The reason is simple: It’s expensive. The popular shows can easily be hundreds of dollars for the average family, like a family of four. For example, last spring, The Sequel visited New York and I played tourist guide. We splurged on an evening performance of The Lion King and it was over $500.00 for the four of the them! (Add another $150.00 for me, and you can see why this makes you decide against patronizing The Great White Way.) I don’t know about you, but the average citizen doesn’t have that kind of money to spend sitting through a 2-hour play when a meal isn’t part of the equation. No, they don’t feed you. You pay for everything. A night out on Broadway for dinner and a show can run a person $200.00, if they’re not careful.
When it was finally announced that EVITA would close after the departure of the three lead characters (originally, it was announced that there would be a new lead cast) Elena Roger (“Eva Peron”), Michael Cerveris (“Juan Peron”) and Ricky Martin (“Che”), it surprised many covering the Broadway community and fans of Broadway.
So, here we were watching it for the last time. When the cast took their final bows, and for about 10 minutes we were treated to heartfelt “thank yous” from Michael Cerveris (in English) and Elena Roger and Ricky Martin (in English and Spanish), we knew we’d been able to be a part of something special.
Once the stage was dark, all that remained was a lone light.
Adios, EVITA. Muchas gracias por una experiencia increíble!
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- From Playbill: “Goodnight and Thank You”: Broadway Revival of Evita Ends Run Jan. 26
- From Broadway World: BWW Flashback: EVITA Dances Final Tango on Broadway
- From Theater Mania: Where Do We Go From Here? Evita Star Elena Roger Reflects on Her Broadway Debut