PHOTO CALL: Josh Young and Paul Nolan in Broadway-Bound Jesus Christ Superstar

By Joseph Marzullo
29 Dec 2011

The La Jolla Playhouse engagement of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's critically acclaimed (and Broadway-bound) production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar opened Nov. 30 at LJP's Mandell Weiss Theatre. Paul Nolan and Josh Young star under the direction of Tony Award winner Des McAnuff.



Much of the original Stratford Shakespeare Festival cast of Jesus Christ Superstar will repeat their work in the Broadway production of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera, which will begin previews March 1, 2012, at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Here's a look at the production, which plays La Jolla through Dec. 31:

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Chilina Kennedy and Paul Nolan
Photo by David Hou



The La Jolla Playhouse cast features Bruce Dow as King Herod, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Jeremy Kushnier (Footloose) as Pontius Pilate, Mike Nadajewski as Peter, Nolan as Jesus and Young as Judas, with Marcus Nance as Caiaphas, Lee Siegel as Simon Zealotes and Aaron Walpole as Annas.

McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who's Tommy) directs. Choreography is by Lisa Shriver.

This ground-breaking rock opera, according to LJP, "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.

Tickets are available online at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or at (858) 550-1010.