Good on Ricky Martin for coming out as a "fortunate homosexual", I guess. What I really want to know isn't whether Martin is gay, however, but whether he is going to be Che.
For a month now, rumours have been swirling around that Martin will take on the role of the Argentine Marxist revolutionary and popular T-shirt logo in a Broadway remount of Michael Grandage's recent London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. Perhaps Martin's revelation about his sexual orientation is a prelude to that announcement?
Che, if the tenuous rumours come true, would not be the Living La Vida Loca singer's first role on the Great White Way, however. Martin was cast as Marius in Les Miserables in 1995. Alas, there are no clips of that performance online, but here he is singing A Little Fall of Rain from the musical on television. What hair!
North American Evita fans don't have to wait for this revival to arrive on Broadway, however. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival production this summer promises to be swell, with Chicago's Gary Griffin from last year's Broadway-beating West Side Story directing. Chilina Kennedy, that WSS's marv Maria, is playing Eva Peron, while Juan Chioran is playing Juan Peron. Haven't heard of the American actor, Josh Young, playing Guevara, but he was Marius in a tour of Les Miz, so obviously that role is a stepping stone on the way to El Che...
And another thing... The big surprise at last week's Oliviers in London? The Mountaintop, Katori Hall's dramatic imagining of the night before Martin Luther King's assassination, won the award for best new play, totally upending the expectations that this was a two-way race between Enron and Jerusalem.
And who was the smart producer who moved Mountaintop to the West End from Theatre 503, a teeny-tiny Fringe venue? Why UK-based Canadian Marla Rubin, whose last surprise West End success was David Eldridge's stage adaptation of the Dogme film Festen.
Expatriate Rubin now reportedly intends to take The Mountaintop to Broadway, where hopefully it will get a better reception than Festen did. While that show was a great big flop in New York, it got a memorably gutsy production in Toronto from The Company Theatre in 2008, starring Eric Petersen and now CBC star Allan Hawco.
Broadway schmoddway. If you can't make it there, really, who cares?
Which seems like an appropriate segue to... The Story of My Life, which was birthed at Toronto's Canadian Stage in 2006, may have been a bomb on Broadway, but it's having a wonderful life after New York. Productions have been popping up here and there and now Canadians Brian Hill and Neil Bartram's modest musical is garnering great reviews in its Los Angeles premiere; it's now extended to April 18.