Chicago's Shubert Theatre will be the only stop for the upcoming Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar before the production comes to rest at a Nederlander house in April 2000. This mounting, the first time Jesus Christ Superstar has had a full scale revival on Broadway since the original 1971 production, has the blessing of Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Theater Group Ltd.
The Chicago dates have not yet been determined, according to a Boneau/Bryan-Brown spokesperson.
Australian Gale Edwards will direct. Her past credits include a successful British tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, the UK tour and Australian premiere of Aspects of Love and the Broadway bound Peter Allen musical, The Boy From Oz. Anthony Van Laast joins her as choreographer.
Designing will be Peter J. Davidson (sets), Roger Kirk (costumes), Mark McCullough (lighting) and Richard Ryan (sound). Lloyd Webber will provide his own orchestrations.
Superstar, the story of Jesus Christ from Palm Sunday through the crucifixion, made its world premiere on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Oct. 12, 1971. It ran there for 720 performances. The original London production ran for eight years and 3,358 performances, currently the fifth longest running West End show. Songs from the show include the US chart hits "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Could We Start Again Please" and "Superstar."