Stratford Festival Adds Three More Performances to La Jolla-Bound Jesus Christ Superstar

News   Stratford Festival Adds Three More Performances to La Jolla-Bound Jesus Christ Superstar
 
The critically acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Paul Nolan, Chilina Kennedy, Josh Young and Tony Award winner Brent Carver, will get three additional performances in its sold-out run in Canada.

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

Stratford artistic director Des McAnuff, who also staged the production, has announced that Superstar will now rock Sept. 9, Oct. 4 and Oct. 16 at 8 PM. The production opened to acclaim June 3, and Stratford announced a weeklong extension through Nov. 6 in repertory at Stratford's proscenium Avon Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. All performances, except for the three newly-added shows, are sold-out.

Following its Canadian engagement, Jesus Christ Superstar will play La Jolla Playhouse's Mandell Weiss Theatre in La Jolla, CA, from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31. There has been speculation that the production, which received the blessing of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, may be Broadway-bound in 2012.

Jesus Christ Superstar features Nolan as Jesus, Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Young as Judas Iscariot, Tony Award winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade) as Pontius Pilate, Bruce Dow as King Herod and Mike Nadajewski as Peter.

The creative team includes choreographer Lisa Shriver, musical director Rick Fox, set designer Robert Brill, costume designer Paul Tazewell, lighting designer Howell Binkley, sound designer Jim Neil, video designer Sean Nieuwenhuis, dramaturg Chad Sylvain, fight director Daniel Levinson, aerial stunt coordinator Simon Fon.

For tickets visit stratfordfestival.ca or call (800) 567-1600.

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The Stratford Shakespeare Festival's 2011 season runs until Oct. 30, featuring The Merry Wives of Windsor, Camelot, Twelfth Night, The Misanthrope, The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Homecoming, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's Will and The Little Years.

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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