Martin to topline ‘Evita’

London transfer to bow in 2012

Ricky Martin will topline “Evita” on Broadway in a spring 2012 revival co-starring Argentinean actress and West End vet Elena Roger.

Show, a transfer of a 2006 London staging in which Roger also starred, will be the first Main Stem revival for “Evita” since the 1979 Broadway preem of the tuner with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Tim Rice. Michael Grandage will reprise his directorial duties with Rob Ashford on board again as choreographer.

Hal Luftig (“Legally Blonde”) and Scott Sanders (“The Color Purple”) produce the offering, which Luftig said he anticipates to be capitalized between $8 million and $9 million.

Revival has been scheduled so far in advance due to the skeds of the various creatives, with pop star Martin expected to go out on a world tour later this year, in-demand helmer Grandage (also a.d. at London’s Donmar Warehouse) booked through next season and Ashford on tap to direct upcoming tuners “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Leap of Faith.”

“Evita” will rep a Broadway debut for Roger, whose breakout perf in the London staging led to Blighty stints in “Piaf” and “Boeing-Boeing.” Martin previously played the Main Stem in a short mid-90s stint as Marius in “Les Miserables.”

Martin will play narrator Che (based on Che Guevara) opposite Roger’s Eva Peron, who was first lady of Argentina in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Casting has the potential to tap non-traditional theatergoing demos including contempo music fans and Latino auds.

No further thesps have yet been lined up for the show. Production will play a Nederlander theater to be determined.

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