"Always thought that I'd be an apostle"? Male performers, 20-30, have a chance to follow Jesus in the upcoming, Broadway-bound revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, with open auditions being held Aug. 20 at NYC's Chelsea Studios.
Auditioners should bring sheet music for something in contemporary pop/rock style and a current photograph or snapshot. A pianist will be provided. All races, ethnicities and vocal ranges are encouraged, but rock tenors are especially sought.
Auditions will be held from 12:30 PM-6 PM. Chelsea Studios are located at 151 West 26th Street.
The first time Jesus Christ Superstar has had a full-scale revival on Broadway since the original 1971 production, this production has the blessing of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theater Group Ltd. Plans are set for a stop in Chicago in Feb. and March with an arrival on Broadway in April, 2000. A Backstage casting notice reported that Anthony Van Laast will choreograph and Gale Edwards will direct.
Superstar, the story of Jesus Christ from Palm Sunday through the cruxifiction, made its world premiere on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Oct. 12, 1971. It ran there for 720 performances. The original London production ran for eight years and 3,358 performances, currently the fifth longest-running West End show. Songs from the show include the U.S. chart hits "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Could We Start Again Please" and "Superstar."
Meanwhile a Gale Edwards-Anthony Van Laast production of Jesus Christ Superstar is continuing a tour in the United Kingdom, through Oct. 30. A press release for the U.K. tour says, "this production is destined to become the blue-print for future productions across the globe."
Designers are Peter J. Davison (set), Roger Kirk (costumes) and Mark McCullough (lighting).