Brian Yorkey-Helmed Jesus Christ Superstar Is Reborn at Village Theatre May 11

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11 May 2011

Brian Yorkey
Brian Yorkey
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal co-creator Brian Yorkey, begins performances May 11 at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA.

Michael K. Lee (Broadway's Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon, Rent) and Aaron Finley alternate in the roles of Jesus and Judas for the production, which runs in Issaquah through July 3 and in Everett from July 8-31.

"When we were looking to cast Jesus and Judas, we realized that both characters are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin," Yorkey said in a statement. "One of the most powerful messages of Jesus Christ Superstar is the profound impact of our choices. Keeping this in mind, we’ve decided to embrace a unique approach and cast both Michael K. Lee and Aaron Finley to share the roles of Jesus and Judas. By alternating performances, both actors will enjoy a great artistic challenge that will serve to bring each audience a unique experience."

Lee and Finley are joined by Nicholas Beach, Jordon Anthony Bolden, Elise Lenna Campello, Khanh Doan, Ashley Fitzsimmons, Andrew W. Garrett, Timothy Glynn (Annas), LaVon Hardison, Darrell Hokuf, Eric Polani Jensen (Caiaphas), Timothy M. Keller, Josh Krupke, Matthew S. Lawrence, Jessica Low, Christian Rey Marbella, Henry Nettleton, Michael Nicholas, Jennifer Paz (Mary Magdalene), James Scheider, John David Scott, Adam Somers, Greg Stone (Pontius Pilate), Matthew Wade, Troy L. Wageman, Brandon Whitehead (King Herod) and William A. Williams.

The production includes choreography by Daniel Cruz, musical direction by Tim Symons, scenic design by Matthew Smucker, lighting design by Alex Berry, costume design by Melanie Burgess, sound design by Gino Scarpino, associate direction by Brandon Ivie and fight choreography by Geoffrey Alm.



Prior to his acclaimed Broadway bow as lyricist and book writer of Next to Normal, Yorkey served as the associate artistic director of the Village Theatre. The Washington state theatre also served as the cradle for Next to Normal under the working title Feeling Electric.

Last season Yorkey returned to the Village to direct Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers. He has also directed Aida and The Who's Tommy for the company.

For tickets and further information visit VillageTheatre.