Ricky Martin could be the best thing that ever happened to the Evita Broadway revival. And I can see why.
Reviewers are giving the Latin hottie big fat praise for the revamped production calling him impressive and appealing.
Martin portrays Che Guevara in the musical, opposite Argentine actress Elena Roger, and the reviews are mostly positive.
Here are a few of what the critics had to say:
Steve Suskin Variety said, “Director Michael Grandage scores with a dynamic new Evita, graced by an impressive performance from Argentinean actress Elena Roger and the ticket-selling presence of recording star Ricky Martin, who acquits himself nicely if not remarkably.”
The New York Daily News’ Joe Dziemianowicz says that Martin “gives an appealing performance”.
New York Post’s reviewer says Martin as Guevara is “a supernova of charisma”.
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said, “(Martin’s) dramatic presence could be more aggressive, but Martin’s Latin-pop vocals are a smooth fit for the role.”
The Associated Press’ Mark Kennedy writes, “He sings beautifully, dances gracefully, athletically climbs ladders, plays his role with a knowing sneer and elicits drools in his suspenders and tight white shirt. He even makes a mustache work. In fact, maybe it’s time for Broadway to have a new rule: Put Ricky Martin in everything… Heck, put him in Mary Poppins and watch the roof really lift off.”
How come I’m not surprised? Ricky Martin freakin’ rocks.