The much anticipated revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, starring Ricky Martin and Elena Roger, officially opened on Broadway Thursday night.

And what a star-studded opening night it was.

Kathy Griffin, Barbara Walters, Debra Messing, Vanessa Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and others were on hand for the festivities, held at the Marquis Theater in New York City.

Martin, 40, has the lead of Che in the revival, opposite Roger as Eva Perón.

Directed by Michael Grandage (whose recent projects include King Lear in NY, Hamlet in NY, and Richard II in the UK), Evita has received mixed reviews.

The New York Times' Ben Brantley writes, Michael Grandage's revival . . . is from beginning to end so stately and sober-sided that you  may feel out of place if you're not wearing your best black.

While Variety's Steven Suskin is more forgiving: 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.

Evita, also starring Max Von Essen, Michael Cerveris and Rachel Potter, is now playing at the Marriot Marquis in New York City. For more information, visit

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