Casting Announced for Brian Yorkey-Directed Jesus Christ Superstar at Village Theatre

News   Casting Announced for Brian Yorkey-Directed Jesus Christ Superstar at Village Theatre
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal co-creator Brian Yorkey will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar for the Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA.

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Superstar, which is scheduled to run in Issaquah May 11-July 3 and in Everett from July 8-31, is the final production of the 2010-2011 season.

The cast will be headed by Michael K. Lee (Broadway's Pacific Overtures, Miss Saigon, Rent) and Aaron Finley, who will alternate in the roles of Jesus and Judas.

In a statement director Yorkey said, "When we were looking to cast Jesus and Judas, we realized that both characters are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin. 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 will be 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 will also include 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.

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