Ricky Martin nears end of ‘Evita’ role

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Ricky Martin nears end of ‘Evita’ role


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NEW YORK - Ricky Martin is saying goodbye to Broadway’s “Evita.’’ But don’t cry for him.

The Latin superstar has a slew of new projects in the works, including two television series and a children’s book.

“It’s about growing,’’ Martin said Friday. “It’s a moment in my life where I just need to absorb and be surrounded by amazing actors and musicians and grow as an entertainer. I think this is going to be an amazing year for that.’’

Martin will take his final bow in the Andrew Lloyd Webber revival on Jan. 26. Then he heads down under to join the second season of the Australian edition of “The Voice.’’ But the Grammy winner says not to expect any biting, Simon Cowell-like critiques on the television singing competition.

“I don’t believe in tough love. I believe in love, and I believe in being nurturing to new talented men and women,’’ he said at a MAC Viva Glam event for Saturday’s World AIDS Day. Martin partnered with the cosmetics brand to raise awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS programs worldwide.

The “Livin’ la Vida Loca’’ singer is developing a new series for NBC. He’s producing, writing and will star in the currently untitled comedy-drama, where he hopes to tackle social issues with humor.

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