Paul Nolan, Josh Young, Chilina Kennedy and Tom Hewitt Will Rock Jesus Christ Superstar On Broadway
By Adam Hetrick
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.
Directed by Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who's Tommy), Jesus Christ Superstar was a critical hit at the Stratford Festival, where it played an extended, sold-out run. It recently transferred to the La Jolla Playhouse for an engagement through Dec. 31. Superstar will officially open on Broadway March 22, 2012.
The Broadway cast will feature Paul Nolan as Jesus Christ, Josh Young as Judas Iscariot, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Tom Hewitt as Pontius Pilate, Bruce Dow as King Herod, Marcus Nance as Caiaphas and Aaron Walpole as Annas.
Completing the cast are Matt Alfano as Thaddeus, Mary Antonini as Elizabeth, Karen Burthwright as Ruth, Jacqueline Burtney as Mary (Martha’s Sister), Mark Cassius as Matthew, Ryan Gifford as Bartholomew, Kaylee Harwood as Sarah, Jeremy Kushnier as James the Lesser/Priest, Mike Nadajewski as Peter, Melissa O’Neil as Martha/Maid by the Fire, Laurin Padolina as Rachel, Katrina Reynolds as Esther, Jaz Sealey as Thomas, Jason Sermonia as John, Julius Sermonia as James, Lee Siegel as Simon Zealotes, Jonathan Winsby as Phillip, Sandy Winsby as Andrew, and Krista Leis and Matthew Rossoff as swings.
Tony Award winner Brent Carver created the role of Pilate in Stratford, ON, in summer 2011. He was succeeded by Kushnier for the La Jolla run, who later switched to the role of James the Lesser, and Hewitt was brought in as Pilate for the remainder of the La Jolla engagement.
Superstar has choreography by Lisa Shriver, musical direction by Rick Fox, set design by Robert Brill, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy and video design by Sean Nieuwenhuis.
Dodger Properties and the Really Useful Group produce the Broadway production.
Jesus Christ Superstar has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Rice. The sung-through rock work premiered on Broadway in 1971.
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