High-Flying Michael Cerveris, on Becoming Juan Peron

July 25, 2012 12:00 AM

High-Flying Michael Cerveris, on Becoming Juan Peron

" Broadway’s “Evita” stars a lead actress from Argentina and a pop singer born in Puerto Rico. Then there’s Michael Cerveris, as three-time Argentine president Juan Peron. He's a native of Huntington, W. Va.

“When you’re performing with someone from Buenos Aires and someone who’s a Latin American pop star, there’s the fear you’re going to stand out as the gringo slicking his hair back and trying to pretend to be authentic,” says Cerveris, the five-time Tony-nominated actor (and winner, for  2004’s “Assassins.”) He's taken steps to avoid such an impression.

 

Since “Evita” got underway, Cerveris has spruced up his Spanish (thank you, Rosetta Stone,) and spent a week in Argentina on a photo shoot with co-stars Elena Roger and Ricky Martin. He’s also kept a watchful eye on eBay in his hunt for all-things-Peron. Cerveris invited NBC 4 New York to the Marquis Theater to talk about how he keeps it real, as well as his recent encounters with ... let’s call it human frailty. Here are excerpts from the interview.

 

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