Jesus Christ Superstar's Chilina Kennedy Withdraws from Stratford Season; Natalie Daradich, Robin Hutton Step In

Chilina Kennedy, who played Mary Magdalene in the most recent Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, has withdrawn from the 2014 season at Canada's Stratford Festival.

Natalie Daradich
Natalie Daradich

Kennedy will be unable to be part of the season because she and her partner, Jacob James, are expecting a baby.

The singing actress was scheduled to play Polly Baker in Crazy for You and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, two physically challenging roles. Plans are underway, however, to include Kennedy's new concert as part of the 2014 Forum.

Natalie Daradich, most recently seen as Glinda in the U.S. tour of Wicked, will take on the role of Polly Baker. Robin Hutton will step into the role of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and is also playing Irene Roth in Crazy for You. Hutton played Louise in the 2012 production of Wanderlust, Irene in 2005’s Hello, Dolly! and Tzeitel in 2000’s Fiddler on the Roof.

“We are absolutely delighted that Natalie and Robin are able to take on these roles,” said artistic director Antoni Cimolino in a statement. “They are both exceptionally talented performers whom we are privileged to have on our stages. Our audiences have a real treat in store. I’m so happy for Chilina and look forward to welcoming her back to the company in future seasons.”

Crazy for You, directed and choreographed by Donna Feore with musical direction by Shelley Hanson, starts previews April 21 and opens officially May 27, running until Oct. 12.

Man of La Mancha, directed by Robert McQueen and choreographed by Marc Kimelman with musical direction by Franklin Brasz, will begin previews May 8, opening May 29 and running until Oct. 11.

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