Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway
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The Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway revival is set for a March 22, 2012 opening night! The popular and controversial Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera from 1971 will find a home at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical had huge success at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, selling out an extended run. The Stratford performances won over critics who praised it's reworked up-to-date styling's transferring the production into the modern age. The revival of Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway is sure to be a huge hit and scheduled for an open-ended run.
Jesus Christ Superstar was a collaborative work between Andrew Lloyd Webber and the lyrics of Tim Rice. The initial idea was to create a rock opera album, eventually leading to a concert series. The album included Deep Purple front-man Ian Gillan's singing as Jesus and Judas by Murray Head. The album sessions included a different style then later "Weber" works, a hard rock sound with classic inspiration.
The songs and album were eventually adapted into a Broadway musical. The show was formed into a rock opera, which were of course very popular during the era. The production debuted at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on October 12, 1971 directed by Tom O'Horgan. The debut featured a cast of Jeff Fenholt as Jesus, Ben Vereen as Judas and Bob Bingham as Caiaphas. The production endured mixed reviews, many negative towards the show being over hyped work lacking heart. The show was a commercial success on Broadway with a final curtain after 711 performances.
Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway tells the story of the last week of Jesus's life. The musical is based somewhat loosely on the accounts of the Gospels. The story begins at the point of preparation for the arrival of Jesus and the disciples to Jerusalem through to the crucifixion. The story holds true to the factual events but leaves the character's thoughts and emotion up for artistic liberties. The story centers its focus around Judas and his internal political struggles. The rock opera style of the production and interpretations of the musical caused controversy among churches and religious groups.
Jesus Christ Superstar has enjoyed great success around the world since it first premiered on Broadway. The production was eventually adapted into a screen play released in 1973. The film was directed by Norman Jewison and shot in Israel. It was nominated for the 1974 Golden Globe Awards and became the eight highest grossing movie of the year. In 2000 a second film adaptation was released starring Glenn Carter as Jesus and Jérôme Pradon as Judas. There is rumors of yet a third film early in the creative process.
The 2012 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar is highly anticipated. The rock opera genre has seen a return to the big stage and once again finding commercial success. The transfer to Broadway comes only after the huge critical response and success at the Stratford Festival. Critics and audiences alike were impressed with the modern approach bringing Weber and Rice's work to life in the 21 century. The revival is directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) and stars Paul Nolan leading the cast as Jesus Christ, with Josh Young as Judas Iscariot. You can view our great selection of Jesus Christ Superstar tickets online by clicking the link.
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