POLL: How Should EVITA Have Handled the Departure of Its Leads?

A few weeks ago, producers Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders announced that Grammy Award-winning international pop icon Ricky Martin as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón would play their final performance on Saturday, January 26, 2013. At that time, it was announced as well that the should would be announcing new stars and the production would be continuing its run. Now, they have revealed that the show will play its final performance on Saturday, January 26, 2013, after 26 previews and 337 regular performances.

Now according to the New York Times, a slew of stars were being considered to fill the leading roles. Antonio Banderas, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, Ramin Karimloo and Raul Esparza were all being considered to play Che, though they were not able to 'reach any deals.' Additionally, Lea Michele and Sierra Boggess were 'discussed for the title role of Eva Peron.'

How do you think the production should have heandled the departure of Cerveris, Roger, and Martin? Cast your vote in this week's poll below!

Replace them with big-name stars. A) Replace them with big-name stars.
Replace them with big-name stars. B) Replace them Broadway talent.
Cast a mix of both. C) Cast a mix of both.
Close when original cast leaves. D) Close when original cast leaves.

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