Ricky is Ricky Martin. Lucy and any other fan of Ricky's should ignore Windman's b.s. ("Martin sings and moves well enough, but brings absolutely no personality or passion to Ché.").
I almost wrote about Evita and Ricky last month. That's why I'm a little confused right now. Why are they reviewing Evita this week?
Back in March (the 11th, 12 or 13th, I'd have to look it up and you know how lazy I am), I saw the musical.
ADDED 4-8-2012: What I saw was the musical in previews. It just officially opened this past week. C.I. explained that while we're working on the latest edition at Third.
I didn't plan on it. C.I. was on the phone the morning of. And as she and Wally return from their run, she's finishing a conversation on the phone and I'm battling with the coffee machine (which has no problems other than I am half-dead in the mornings). She says, to Wally, Ava and I, "I have to go to New York tonight. Anybody want to go?" Ava was a no and Wally as well. I figured what the hell, "Sure I'll go with."
I thought nothing else of it until I finished my coffee. Then I asked, "What are we doing?" I was thinking it was some charity function because last minute things usually end up being that. She'll think she can just write a check and skip the event but find out that they're concerned about turnout or something and end up having to go.
So she explained it was Evita. I knew she knew Ricky Martin. I did not know he was doing a play on Broadway. So she had been on the phone with a mutual friend who felt Ricky was thinking he was going to bomb and so they were going for moral support. She asked if I wanted to run wild in NYC or go to the play because she needed to say how many were coming. Sure, I'd love to go. We were a party of twelve.
Afterwards, we went backstage and C.I. told Ricky he was "brilliant." And that wasn't empty flattery, he really was brilliant.
He commands the stage. He has real authority in the role. And charisma and watched Evita with a kind of wicked disbelief.
I almost wrote about it but I hate Evita.
I always forget that fact until I see it.
I saw a touring company that came to San Francisco when the original was on Broadway. I only saw it because it was supposed to be political and had Che in it (Ricky plays Che in the revival). And I hated the musical. Then, a few years later, I forgot. And then I saw Madonna in that awful film and remembered how I hate the play. I'd forgotten again until they started performing.
It is not a political play.
Evita makes no policy. Juan Peron may have been a dictator (he's beloved by some in Argentina, hated by others who believe he was a dictator). Eva Peron may have been a silly idiot living large while others lived in poverty. Even if she was, her 'crime' was being married to a powerful man and enjoying that.
Juan Peron was the elected leader of Argentina (elected three times, I believe). A political play would be a play that took on his policies and gave us insight into whether he was a force of good or harmful to the people.
Do you get what I'm saying?
Eva may have been a twit or a "whore" as she's called repeatedly in song. But she wasn't the power. And she didn't make the policy. And you learn nothing from the play except she loved to spend money and was very vain.
Someone loving to spend money and being very vain might be entertaining but it's not generally political.
Evita is an attack on women. And sexism is political. But the sexism is Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's sexism.
They've created a deeply sexist work. It's offensive on every level.
And Che's really not all that 'radical.' (I'm referring to the way he's written. Not the way he's performed.) He's Broadway 'radical' -- which means he's a little to the left of Daisy Gimble.
So I hate the musical.
But I will repeat, Ricky Martin is amazing as Che. (And even more handsome offstage.) So if anyone's wondering like Lucy, Ricky's a success right now. Ignore that review.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"