First Look: Martin’s “Evita” Photo Shoot

Anticipation is building for Ricky Martin’s return to Broadway in “Evita”… And it could reach a fever pitch now that a behind-the-scenes video featuring the Puerto Rican heartthrob has found its way online.

Ricky Martin to star in Evita musical

The clip shows the 39-year-old singer/actor arriving at a photo shoot for the revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical about the late Eva Perón, and then posing in costume as his character, Che Guevara, the Argentine revolutionary.

Martin is starring alongside Argentinean actress Elena Roger in Evita,” which concentrates on the life of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentinian president Juan Peron. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work and eventual death.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to perform on many of the world’s largest concert stages, but I’ve never lost my love for the intimacy of the theater,” said Martin in a previous statement. “I’m delighted to know that after I’ve had the chance to share new music and tour over the coming year, that I will then return once again to Broadway. I’m looking forward to playing such an essential part in Michael Grandage’s wonderful production and the chance to work with the tremendously talented Elena Roger.”

The preview run for “Evita” will begin in March 2012 at the Marquis Theater, with the musical’s official opening taking place the following month.

Clemente’s Stellar Career to be Celebrated Through Music…

The story of the life and times of the late Roberto Clemente—the first Latino baseball player inducted into the Hall of Fame—will soon be told through music in the Big Apple.

The musical “DC-7, The Roberto Clemente Story” will shine a spotlight on the legendary Afro-Puerto Rican baseball player’s life, including the discrimination he suffered, his extraordinary success on the field during his career and the humanitarian work that led to his untimely death at the age of 38.

Robert Clemente Musical to Open in New York City

“I don’t just want to talk about the ballplayer, but about what he suffered, about his having to sit in the back of the bus, go to other restaurants and stay at other hotels [for blacks], about being attacked, about how much he had to fight,” added Caballero.

The curtain opens on Clemente’s wake following his death when the DC-7 he was flying in while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed into the sea off the coast of Costa Rica on December 31, 1972.

“Besides showing Roberto the baseball player, I want people to see Roberto the humanist, his relations with his wife, his kids, as a brother and the racial problems he faced in the [19]50s and ’60s,” says Luis Caballero, the play’s author.

Starring actor Modesto Lacen, who appeared as Pedro Knight in the musical about the life of late salsa queen Celia Cruz, the musical run from November 11-December 4 at the Society of the Educational Arts‘ new TEATRO SEA in New York City.

Clemente, a 12-time Golden Glove winner with 3,000 hits, played his entire 18-year baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973—the only current honoree for whom the mandatory five-year waiting period was
waived since the wait-requirement was instituted in 1954.

Clemente was also the first Hispanic player to win a World Series as a starter, win a league MVP award and win a World Series MVP award.