By Michael T. Luongo
13 Jan 2013
Photo by Michael Luongo
The actor says, "I just thought that was such a meaningful gesture, that he stands behind her, that he is there literally supporting her. Yes it is an image that they want to present to the people, but it is also a husband looking after his wife. And I said to [director] Michael Grandage, 'I found this research, historically, it is accurate and I like what it adds to the story. [I'd like] for me to do that, rather than for me to just abandon her to the nurses.' At that point in the play, it is really the last physical contact I have with her, really. And that is something that came directly out of the research that I did."
The relationship between Juan and Evita evolves through the play, each defending the other. The same qualities have developed for the two actors playing them. It's a point Cerveris wants to make as the play ends.
"I think Elena is extraordinary, is one of the finest actresses, certainly one of the finest singing actresses, that I have ever worked with, and I was just surprised…that that hasn't been more celebrated and recognized. That's a disappointment to me."
He'll miss his co-workers perhaps the most. He describes them as "this really large group of people who dedicated themselves to a musical in a way that is kind of unusual. They dedicate themselves to the acting and the storytelling of the musical — and not just singing and dancing or drawing attention to themselves. Universally from every ensemble dancer to a huge international popstar, everybody subjugated their egos to telling this story of these people and this culture, and that is unusual and remarkable."Continued...