|Ricky Martin's image and name has been prominent in the advertising such|
as on this billboard in Times Square.
|The crowds waiting at the Marquis stage door on 45th Street.|
(above photos: TheHopefulTraveler)
Despite only one prior Broadway credit as one of the many actors to play Marius in the musical 'Les Miserables,' Martin's cache as an above the title star in a New York production was untested. Martin has a multi-platinum singing career and was a member of boy band Menudo but who knew that he could command crowds like this on Broadway.
Martin's name has been filling seats that the show has topped over a million dollars per week at the box office despite the less than positive reviews for the show. Many are predicting that when Martin takes a vacation from the show next week that box office will reveal his true box office draw. Martin is currently on contract to star in the show until the end of the year.
|Ricky Martin greeting fans at the Marquis Theatre stage door|
where he is starring as Che in 'Evita'
(photo: Chris Hardie)
Though star Elena Roger has already preserved her role on on the highlights London Cast Recording, the star and draw of the Broadway production is Martin commanding that a complete 2-CD recording of the show be made which is released this week.
The nightly crowds are bleeding onto 45th street near the Marquis Theatre stage door blocking traffic and the sidewalk on both sides of the street. I had no plans after the show and I usually see what kind of crowd is greeting the stars of a Broadway show. This one has to be one of the largest I have ever seen even attracting spectators who did not see the show this evening as evidenced by pedestrians passing by who were curious what the crowd was for and after finding out it was for Martin decided to become part of the masses.
Alas most of the crowd could only get a glimpse or a snapshot of Martin. After exiting the stage door, he signed a few playbills and darted for his limo. The crowds thinned quite a bit after this even though the actress playing Eva Peron had not yet stepped out of the stage door. See the next post for my review of the tonight's show.
|Martin's limo awaits while barricades corrals the crowds.|