Jesus Christ Superstar Will Close on Broadway Unless Business Improves

News   Jesus Christ Superstar Will Close on Broadway Unless Business Improves
The producers of the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar announced June 19 that the musical will close July 1 at the Neil Simon Theatre "unless business improves."

Paul Nolan in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Paul Nolan in Jesus Christ Superstar. Photo by Joan Marcus

As of that date, the show will have played 116 regular performances and 24 previews.

Jesus Christ Superstar opened March 22 following previews that began March 1.

The production, which originated at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, received Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations for Best Musical Revival, and Josh Young received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical and won a Theatre World Award for his role as Judas Iscariot.

The cast features Paul Nolan as Jesus Christ, 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. Also in 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, Nick Cartell as Jonah/Swing, with Krista Leis, Matthew Rossoff and Matt Stokes as swings.

Producers are The Dodgers and The Really Useful Group, Latitude Link, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Waxman-Dokton, with Joe Corcoran, Detsky/Sokolowski/Kassie, Florin-Blanshay-Fan/Broadway Across America, REG/Caudwell, Shin/Coleman, Theatre Dreams North America, LLC. Tickets are available by calling at (877) 250-2929, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area, online at or in person at the Neil Simon Theatre box office (250 West 52nd Street). For more information visit

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