Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theater Group Ltd. is behind a major new production of Jesus Christ Superstar expected to play three North American cities before landing on Broadway Easter 2000.
According to a casting notice published in the trade paper Backstage, director Gale Edwards, who staged a recent London rethinking of the 1971 ALW-Tim Rice rock musical, will helm a tour that will play eight weeks in Toronto beginning Dec. 14, three weeks in Boston and three weeks in Chicago before opening on Broadway during the Easter season.
A Lloyd Webber spokesperson confirmed the show is in development. The casting notice reported that Anthony Van Laast will choreograph.
Johnson/Liff is casting. Rehearsals begin Nov. 11.
* Meanwhile a Gale Edwards-Anthony Van Laast production of Jesus Christ Superstar is continuing a tour in the United Kingdom, through Oct. 30. A press release for the U.K. tour says, "this production is destined to become the blue-print for future productions across the globe."
Designers are Peter J. Davison (set), Roger Kirk (costumes) and Mark McCullough (lighting).