Glenn Carter has a history of playing Christ figures, if not the Son of God Himself. The British actor will lead the cast of the highly-anticipated Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, beginning previews March 23 at the Ford Center.
Carter comes to the U.S. directly from leading London's Whistle Down The Wind as The Man, an escaped murderer mistaken as Jesus by a group of Southern children. That wasn't the actor's first time being identified with Christ. He went on to star in Jesus Christ Superstar's UK national tour after performing Simon Zealots in the 1998 West End revival of the show.
Australian Edwards directs Carter, with whom she has worked on several projects including that successful British tour of Jesus Christ Superstar and Whistle Down the Wind. Other credits include the UK tour and Australian premiere of Aspects of Love and the Broadway-bound Peter Allen musical, The Boy From Oz. Anthony Van Laast joins her as choreographer.
Designing will be Peter J. Davidson (sets), Roger Kirk (costumes), Mark McCullough (lighting) and Richard Ryan (sound). Lloyd Webber will provide his own orchestrations.
Superstar, the musicalized story of Jesus Christ from Palm Sunday through the crucifixion, 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, the fifth longest running West End show. Songs from the piece include the U.S. chart hit "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and "Superstar."