Elena Roger

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Elena Roger
Actress Singer ELENA ROGER.jpg
Born (1974-10-27) October 27, 1974 (age 39)[1]
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Occupation actress, singer
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Mariano Torre

Elena Silvia Roger (born October 27, 1974, Buenos Aires, Argentina [1]) is an Argentine actress who won the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Édith Piaf in Piaf.[2] She has also appeared in the West End in Evita, Boeing-Boeing, and Passion.[3]

Argentine career[edit]

Prior to being cast as Eva Perón in the West End revival of Evita, Roger was already an accomplished performer in her native Buenos Aires.[4] In 1997, she was nominated for the Trinidad Guevara Award as Best Breakthrough Female for her work in Yo Que Tu Me Enamoraba. [5] She went on to appear in a number of productions including Nine, Houdini, Beauty and the Beast, and Fiddler on the Roof, as well as starring in Les Misérables as Fantine, and Saturday Night Fever as Annette.[5] For the 2002/2003 season, she was nominated for an ACE Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Jazz, Swing, Tap. [6] The following season, she starred in the show, Mina...che cosa sei?, which she coauthored with the show’s director, Valeria Ambrosio.[7] Roger won the ACE Award for Best Actress in a Musical for this performance.[8] She has also appeared on several Argentine television programs, including Hombres de Honor, Pensionados, and El sodero de mi vida. [9] Internationally, she briefly toured Europe with Tango por Dos. [10]

West End Career[edit]

While doing research in Buenos Aires for the 2006 West End revival of Evita, an employee of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group saw Roger perform and suggested her for the title role of the show.[3] After several rounds of auditions, Roger was cast as Eva Perón and performed the role to much critical acclaim.[4] She was nominated for a 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance at the Adelphi Theatre but lost the award to Jenna Russell for her performance in Sunday in the Park with George.[11] Roger next appeared on the London stage as Gabriella in the hit production of Boeing-Boeing, directed by Matthew Warchus at the Comedy Theatre.[12] In 2008, Roger played the title role in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Piaf and once again received rave reviews.[13] The show eventually transferred to the larger Vaudeville Theatre,[14] and Roger won the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[2] She subsequently toured internationally with Piaf including a stop in her hometown of Buenos Aires.[4] During her time back in Buenos Aires, she revived her performance in Mina...che cosa sei? for a brief run.[4] From September 10 through November 21, 2010, Roger starred as Fosca in a revival of the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical Passion for a limited engagement at the Donmar Warehouse.[15] On February 7, 2011, it was announced that Roger was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award as Best Actress in a Musical for the third time for her work in this role.[16]

Recordings[edit]

Roger can be heard on the cast albums of Mina...che cosa sei? [17] and Evita. (2006 London revival and 2012 Broadway revival).[18][19] She has also recorded two solo albums: Vientos Del Sur and a live album recorded in Buenos Aires entitled Recorriendo el Rock Nacional (Nueva Edi). [20]

Evita on Broadway[edit]

Roger returned to the role of Eva Perón in a new Broadway revival of Evita with previews beginning in March 2012 and an opening night in April at the Marquis Theatre. The production is directed by Michael Grandage, choreographed by Rob Ashford, and also stars Ricky Martin as Che and Broadway veteran Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. Reviews said "Roger is an outstanding actress" and had "plenty of the star quality Evita sings about." [21]

Stage roles[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Duration Production Role Theatre Awards
1998 Nine
1998 Beauty and the Beast
2000 Les Misérables Fantine
2001 Saturday Night Fever Annette

West End[edit]

Duration Production Role Theatre Awards
2006 Evita Eva Perón
2007-2008 Boeing-Boeing Gabriella
2008-2010 Piaf Édith Piaf
2010 Passion Fosca

Broadway[edit]

Duration Production Role Theatre Awards
2012-2013 Evita Eva Perón

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Elena Roger at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b From Drill Hall to Olivier glory: Acclaimed War Play Black Watch Takes Four Awards, Guardian News and Media Limited, 2009-03-09, retrieved 2011-02-10 
  3. ^ a b Elena Roger: 'I don’t play normal women’, Telegraph Media Group Limited, 2010-08-31, retrieved 2011-02-10 
  4. ^ a b c d Elena Roger: Questa mina è pazza, Buenos Aires Herald, 2010-12-11, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  5. ^ a b Elena Roger, alternativateatral, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  6. ^ ACE Awards 2002/2003, ACE Awards, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  7. ^ Mina... che cosa sei?!?, alternativateatral, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  8. ^ ACE Awards 2003/2004, ACE Awards, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  9. ^ What's New Buenos Aires?: Evita Revival Opens in London June 21, Playbill Inc, 2006-06-21, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  10. ^ I Felt the Song Was Mine, Guardian News and Media Limited, 2006-05-29, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  11. ^ Oliviers:Olivier Winners 2007, officiallondontheatre.co.uk, 2008-04-23, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  12. ^ Photo Flash: Rhea Perlman and Elena Roger in Boeing-Boeing, broadwayworld.com, 2007-06-14, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  13. ^ Elena Roger Wins Rave Reviews for Edith Piaf Musical, First Post Newsgroup IPR Limited, 2008-08-14, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  14. ^ Piaf at Vaudeville Theatre: Review, Telegraph Media Group Limited, 2008-10-23, retrieved 2011-02-08 
  15. ^ Sondheim's Passion Opens at London's Donmar Warehouse Sept. 21, Playbill Inc, 2010-09-21, retrieved 2011-02-08 
  16. ^ Olivier Awards: Nominations: Best Actress in a Musical, The Society of London Theatre, 2011-02-07, retrieved 2011-02-08 
  17. ^ Mina...che cosa sei?!? Elena Roger (2006), Billboard, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  18. ^ Evita (2006 London Cast Recording) publisher=Decca Broadway, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  19. ^ Evita (2012 New Broadway Cast Recording) publisher=Masterworks Broadway, retrieved 2012-07-07 
  20. ^ [5031815 Resutados de búsqueda de ELENA ROGER, Tematika.com, retrieved 2011-02-14 
  21. ^ EVITA w/ Martin & Roger Begins Previews Mar. 2012; Opens Apr. 2012, broadwayworld.com, 2011-01-21, retrieved 2011-02-14 

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