Ricky Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris will all leave the Broadway production of “Evita” on January 26, 2013.
The musical, however, will continue its open ended run at the Marquis Theatre once its stars depart, and replacements will be named at a later date.
Martin plays the role of Che in the production, while Cerveris portrays Juan Peron and Roger plays the role of Eva Peron. The production began previews at the Marquis on March 12 of this year, and officially opened on April 5.
Here’s how the official website of the production describes the show:
Eva Peron used her smarts and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world – while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. “Evita” tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.”
The music for the show was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, while Tim Rice wrote the lyrics and book for the production. Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage directed “Evita,” while Tony-winner Rob Ashford was responsible for choreography. Hal Luftig and Scott Sanders produce the musical, and made the departure announcement yesterday, November 26.
The original version of “Evita” opened in London’s West End at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1978 and ran until 1986. The original Broadway version opened in 1979 and closed in 1983. Several subsequent national tours of the U.K. and the U.S. have since been staged, and a London revival opened in 2006 and played for nearly a year. Elena Rogers performed the role of Eva in that production, as well.