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NEW YORK - Ricky Martin says Broadway is a monster that requires discipline, concentration and dedication, but as “Che’’ in “Evita” he is feeling so happy and so at home that he can’t imagine moving for a while.

“I would love to do Broadway the rest of my life,’’ Martin said Tuesday, breaking a months-long silence to preserve his voice.

In an interview at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, the venue for the musical based on the life of former Argentina first lady Eva Peron, Martin said he’s never been challenged as much as in the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber spectacle and that is what has him “hooked’’ on Broadway, where he debuted in 1996 as Marius in “Les Miserables.’’

Martin has already decided to stay in the Big Apple for a while, calling it a “fascinating’’ and multicultural city for his 3-year-old twins, Matteo and Valentino.

Q. You were born for the stage and certainly for one on Broadway. Any immediate plans to work on other musicals or plays after “Evita’’?

A. I love being on stage. I love what’s happening with “Evita.’’ The reaction that I get every night from the audience, the emotions, the feeling, what I’m feeling every night on stage is .?.?. is simply beautiful. It’s never the same, you never get bored, it’s very challenging.

You have worked eight shows a week for months now and you still have until January to go. Has this taken a toll on you, physically, emotionally?

If you thought that you knew about discipline, well my level of discipline was very basic until I started doing this show specifically. The role of Che is very challenging every night, but I’m really enjoying this. I’m dealing with so many emotions, every day, in front of an audience. That vulnerability is ... addictive. I’m very happy to do this.

Do you get any “me’’ time at all?

You have to. The thing is that with the show I have a really amazing schedule. I wake up in the morning, I take the kids to school, then I come back home and I spend time in silence, which is very important. I meditate. I read the newspaper or I just work out and come back, but it is very important for me to be centered and focused to be able to pull out this show. It’s a lot of work. It’s two hours of intense adrenaline, physically and mentally.

You just mentioned your kids and your plans to stay in New York. How is it to live with young children in New York?

New York City is an amazing place to raise children. I mean, there’s so much you can do with kids here: all kinds of museums, you have Central Park, you have kids from all over the world. My kids are going to school literally with kids from all over the world, so they’re exposed to so much at such a young age. It’s such a fascinating city, I love New York City. It really is amazing.

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