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Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Rob 2012-12-11 19:10:17





Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ClapYo'Hands 2012-12-11 19:13:29


I guess I won't get to see it though I'm hardly surprised

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by dyland 2012-12-11 19:14:07


DID NOT SEE THIS COMING. AT ALL. just wow. and it makes REALLY good money.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-11 19:14:55


I can tell you one of the stars they were banking on fell through.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by somethingwicked 2012-12-11 19:16:14


I'm thinking PIPPIN will take The Marquis.

ucj, now that the show is closing, who are you alluding to?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2012-12-11 19:16:18


Wow. I half expected this, but never REALLY believed it.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by SondheimFan5 2012-12-11 19:16:24


Wow. Another vacant theatre. Wonder if another show will come thru and take the Marquis?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by bwayphreak234 2012-12-11 19:16:52


NOOOO

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ljay889 2012-12-11 19:17:05


Told you guys I thought it would end up like PROMISES, PROMISES.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by GlindatheGood22 2012-12-11 19:17:51


Sigh. Was hoping to see it again.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ray-andallthatjazz86 2012-12-11 19:18:29


And just like PROMISES, PROMISES where they could have used the replacements to change the popular opinion of the show, this will be yet another missed opportunities. God, how many actresses in town would be amazing as Eva Peron, not to mention the dozen of musical theatre actors who'd be pitch perfect as Che. What a shame.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Gothampc 2012-12-11 19:19:42


It needs to close so two years can go by when Lea Michele is out of her Glee contract and can play the role.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by pretendworld 2012-12-11 19:19:58


@ucjrdude902 spill it!

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Gothampc 2012-12-11 19:23:56


"I can tell you one of the stars they were banking on fell through."

What else is Marc Anthony doing these days?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ljay889 2012-12-11 19:24:59


Don't bother with ucjrdude902. He teases information, then when asked for any hints, you get a "Why would I share that with you?" response.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by beautywickedlover 2012-12-11 19:33:01


I actually did not see this coming.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by kidbroadway2 2012-12-11 19:34:58


"Don't bother with ucjrdude902. He teases information, then when asked for any hints, you get a "Why would I share that with you?" response. "

Probably the worst part of these boards.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by g.d.e.l.g.i. 2012-12-11 19:35:03


Right again. I deserve a cigar.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Kelly2 2012-12-11 19:39:14


This was by no means a forgone conclusion, the search for replacements was serious and ongoing.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ljay889 2012-12-11 19:41:04


Maybe this could end up like NIGHT MUSIC, and they'll find replacements after the closing announcement.

Doubtful. But that was very exciting.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by givesmevoice 2012-12-11 19:42:51


Debra Winger and Patti LuPone would be excellent Che and Eva replacements though.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-11 19:43:46


ljay, get over yourself.

I haven't talked to my connection for a little bit, probably dealing with this has kept them busy.

But from what I was told they were in serious discussions with Antonio Banderas. Producers learned their lesson when Ricky left on vacation and they watched the numbers dip and knew they needed a "star" to keep the doors open but had some concern about Antonio's request. In other words, would his paycheck be justifiable with box office intake.

The female was going to be pulled from the talent pool of Broadway (and even a TV actress auditioned), and then another "star" to fill Cerveris spot that couldn't be decided on. The thought was if we have 2 stars, we can cast a perfect Evita and still keep the doors open.

Basically, they were hoping if they could lock down Antonio that would help seal the deal for whoever they were wanting to take Ceveris's spot. When he said he was moving on, the producers decided to do so as well.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by bjh2114 2012-12-11 19:45:22


Well who saw THAT coming? (Oh right, everyone with a brain.)

I doubt Pippin will go there, somethingwicked. That theatre is HUGE and Pippin is really a theatre-lover's show, not a tourist show. And there are no stars in that cast.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Bettyboy72 2012-12-11 19:49:40


The revival was awful-the only way to keep it open was with a mega-watt star. Horrendous character choices (or lack thereof), sanitized beyond belief. Glad to see it close-it was an abomination. Ricky Martin playing Che playing Ricky Martin on GLEE. Grotesque.

Spare me the actors out of work speeches too.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by somethingwicked 2012-12-11 19:49:59


bjh, this production of PIPPIN involves a lot of aerial work and circus tricks, so it lends itself to a bigger theater than you might think. Given the houses that are bound to be in play for the spring, this seems like the best possible option for them, especially given how the dates work out (EVITA closes January 26th and PIPPIN closes at ART on January 20th.)

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by bjh2114 2012-12-11 19:56:16


Interesting. I mean, I would LOVE if it were true. But they will have to market the hell out of it.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by everythingtaboo 2012-12-11 20:06:16


CALLED IT.

I said from the beginning the show would never extend without Ricky. Am I happy about it? No. But I tried to tell you people thinking about new stars was pointless.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by BroomstickBoy 2012-12-11 20:09:18


And FYI, no one cares about your "connections". You're not special for knowing "stuff".

That's directed at pretty much anyone with "insider" scoop.

All I care about is where Max Von Essen will go next because he's my favorite fixation of the moment.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-11 20:12:20


I hope Max finds work. He's uber talented.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by BroomstickBoy 2012-12-11 20:13:51


I hope he doesn't shave the stache.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by ucjrdude902 2012-12-11 20:16:12


I agree with that too :) .

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Mr Roxy 2012-12-11 20:18:55


Another one bites the dust and we are not into January.There are going to be mucho empty theaters in January.

Whatever happened to Banderas & Zorba?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by madlibrarian 2012-12-11 20:25:35


Did EVITA recoup? Or: How much has it recouped?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Patti LuPone FANatic 2012-12-11 21:10:15


Well I'll be gobsmacked! Very unexpected news! from RC in Austin, Texas

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by PositivelyEmerald 2012-12-11 21:21:39


So upset by this. It has become my favorite show. Say what you will about this production, but it will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I am incredibly grateful to those who made this revival possible.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by SondheimFan5 2012-12-11 21:32:18


There had also been talk of Patinkin and Zorba - but neither have happened. Banderas would actually be a wonderful Zorba, but at 52 he's a little old for Che, no? He seems more of a Peron at this point.

Who were they looking at for "star" Perons?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by JRybka1611 2012-12-11 21:59:42


Had I thought I had heard rumbling of a Barnum? That would work there....

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by THDavis 2012-12-11 23:15:22


This is upsetting. the show wasn't exactly brilliant, but a few names would definitely get me back in to see it.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Rainbowhigh23 2012-12-11 23:57:02


If Evita recouped they would have blasted that information already.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Brave Sir Robin2 2012-12-12 00:26:17


That's nice that they were looking at "Broadway" Evas. Was it possibly either Karen Olivo, Mandy Gonzales, or Eden Espinosa?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by JuanValjean72 2012-12-12 00:33:21


I saw the show on December 1st and it was better than I expected. Cerveris and the ensemble were incredible. Elena Roger and Ricky Martin were good but not great. I had a feeling that the show would close if a big name wasn't found to replace Martin. I agree though that Antonio Banderas would have made an excellent Peron. And with a Broadway actress as Eva and another big name as Che, they'd have been able to survive for another 6 months to a year. Oh well, next revival, maybe they'll END with a big name instead of starting with one. That was there mistake. Big names are usually brought in to save the show.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Phillytheatreguy10 2012-12-12 08:31:34


Guys, we still have the tour to look forward to! Playbill reports North American tour of production! So we shall see what casting looks like for that!

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by jacobsnchz14 2012-12-12 10:08:46


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNOtSx_TlXE&feature=youtu.be

Mandy Gonzalez could play Evita in the tour!! lol.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by GatorNY 2012-12-12 10:45:33


I thought they were going to go with Pitbull for Che, and Sofia Vergara for Eva. Pitbull is Cuban right?

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by Rainbowhigh23 2012-12-12 14:31:35


Doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know but a NYT assessment of the closing.

Breaking News: EVITA to Close on January 26th Instead of Recasting
Posted by GilmoreGirlO2 2012-12-13 11:12:02


I'm surprised "Evita" hasn't recouped yet. With what it was averaging a week and there basically only being one stationary set piece (not accounting for the roll on set pieces and props), what was so costly about this production? The large cast and and 3 leads' salaries?