Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Broadway
On October 9, 2011 At 5:30 pm
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The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, is transferring to Broadway and begin preview performances in March of 2012. The New York Times reports:
Heroism is not a career to be undertaken lightly, as the two musical revivals at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival here this season make clear. King Arthur, the legendary English leader of knights and founder of the Round Table, finds the task of shaping a chivalric code to be easier than living up to its ideals in the 1960 musical “Camelot.” And his burden is a mere feather compared to that of Jesus himself, the martyred founder of a worldwide faith in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” first staged on Broadway in 1971.
No casting was announced for the musical, about the last week of Jesus’ life, but the positive response to the production (including from Mr. Lloyd Webber) has focused on the acting, particularly the leads playing Jesus, Judas, and Mary Magdalene.
Dodger Properties and Mr. Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group are producing the “Superstar” revival, which is being directed by Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”) and is scheduled to open on March 22. The production will come in the same season as the first Broadway revival of “Godspell,” another show inspired by the life of Jesus, and at a time when two other musicals touching on religion (if lightheartedly) – “The Book of Mormon” and “Sister Act” – are also running.
Broadway.com has more information about the production.