Complete Casting Announced for Jesus Christ Superstar at La Jolla Playhouse; Jeremy Kushnier Is Pilate

News   Complete Casting Announced for Jesus Christ Superstar at La Jolla Playhouse; Jeremy Kushnier Is Pilate
 
Casting has been confirmed for the La Jolla Playhouse engagement of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's critically acclaimed production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, which will play LJP's Mandell Weiss Theatre Nov. 18-Dec. 31.

Josh Young as Judas
Josh Young as Judas Photo by David Hou

The La Jolla Playhouse cast will feature Bruce Dow as King Herod, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Jeremy Kushnier as Pontius Pilate, Mike Nadajewski as Peter, Paul Nolan as Jesus and Josh Young as Judas, with Marcus Nance as Caiaphas, Lee Siegel as Simon Zealotes and Aaron Walpole as Annas. Tony Award winner Brent Carver created the role of Pilate in Stratford, ON, this summer.

Also in the cast are Matt Alfano as Thaddeus, Mary Antonini as Elizabeth, Karen Burthwright as Ruth, Jacqueline Burtney as Mary (Martha's Sister), Mark Cassius as Matthew, Ryan Gifford as Bartholomew, Kaylee Harwood as Sarah, Melissa O’Neil as Martha/Maid by the Fire, Laurin Padolina as Rachel, Stephen Patterson as James the Lesser, Katrina Reynolds as Esther, Jaz Sealey as Thomas, Jason Sermonia as John, Julius Sermonia as James, Jonathan Winsby as Phillip, Sandy Winsby as Andrew and Jennifer Rider-Shaw and Matthew Rossoff as swings.

Des McAnuff directs with choreography by Lisa Shriver.

This ground-breaking rock opera, press notes state, "tells the story of the last week of Christ’s life. The zeal with which Christ’s followers are hailing him as the Son of God becomes a source of dismay to his disciple Judas Iscariot. Fearing that this tide of religious fervor will provoke brutal repression by the occupying Romans, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal." The Stratford production, which closed Nov. 6, received glowing reviews across the board.

Following the Playhouse run, Superstar will open on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre March 22, 2012, following previews that begin March 1. Broadway casting has yet to be announced, according to a La Jolla Playhouse spokesperson. Tickets are available online at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or at (858) 550-1010.

Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene and Paul Nolan as Jesus.
Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene and Paul Nolan as Jesus. Photo by David Hou
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