When Judas returned from the dead in silver, spangled clothes and led the entire ensemble in a big dance number, it was odd but somehow also cathartically fun. Even so, preparing for this gig can arouse some nerves. The musical was intensely earnest, often endearingly so. Kurt Yaghjian as Annas Kurt Yaghjian is an actor and singer who played Annas in the 1973 movie Jesus Christ Superstar. Musical producer Harvey Mason Jr. Webber has worked closely with this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live.
These days, Bingham lives in Brewster, New York, with his wife and two children. Well, what were showgirls in fishnets, evil rulers in long, geometrical hooded capes and a Pontius Pilate in leather pants doing in this show? He attended North Carolina School of the Arts and appeared in the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar as a leper, and a reporter, and an understudy for Judas. Bob Bingham as Caiaphas Bob Bingham is known for appearing in the touring production of Hair in 1970. Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene When Dennen moved to London in the 60s, he landed the role of the master of ceremonies in Cabaret. Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the executive producers involved with the show. By using the site, you consent to these cookies.
Getting to sing these songs — which happen to be some of my favorite musical theater songs — is a privilege. The problem was that celebratory mood contrasted wildly with moments before and after in which Jesus suffered greatly. Rather improbably, he was accompanied by three backup singers who were made up to look like Diana Ross and the Supremes. Also recognized are producer Harvey Mason Jr. So here I am — a Christian — playing … the guy that is going to condemn Christ. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert will feature the iconic rock opera in front of a live audience in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, at the Marcy Armory, according to. Now 74, Neely signed his first record deal in 1965 at age 22.
The exception was , who stole the show when he emerged in an orange suit. I thought it was the Holy Grail. This musical threw together glitter, sequins, leather, writhing hotties, a few big performances pitched to the last row, and camerawork that often felt as though it was hopped up on too many lattes. The hit show first debuted on Broadway back in 1971, and has been revived on Broadway three times since: in 1977, 2000, and 2012. In Billy Madison, he played Principal Max Anderson, and in Big Daddy, he played Arthur Brooks.
More Reviews The musical played out on one big stage, which at different moments became the haunts of the ruling classes, the Garden of Gethsamene, or the hangouts of Jesus and his disciples. It was a genuinely moving tableau, not quite — but almost — overshadowed by the earlier dance-party antics. The entire cast, a multi-cultural tribe who looked as though they just left a loft party at 3 a. Ted Neely is an actor, singer, composer, and producer who played Jesus in the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar. Billed as a staged concert, the production will air live from the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.
The words expressed in this story are very specific and shape the vocals. John Legend heads the cast as Jesus in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's is set to air tonight! Get to know each of the cast members and the characters they are playing below. As more and more followers flock to Jesus, Judas grows concerned that Jesus is becoming arrogant and losing sight of his principles. Casting for the tour will be announced at a later date. The 1971 musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas.
I thought the casting was brilliant, especially all the Broadway stars. There were genuinely poignant moments in the show, many of them involving the betrayal, capture and agony of Jesus. The cast list is full of celebs, Broadway greats, and more, set to perform the musical live from Brooklyn in just a few hours on Easter Sunday April 1. What's more, the whole album sounded like the real article as far as its rock music credibility was concerned -- it was played good and hard for a studio creation. Ben Daniels was perfection as Pilate, and of course Alice Cooper … excellent Herod. Ben Daniels had a lot of fun strutting around the stage as an imperious, tightly wound Pontius Pilate; his performance was big, theatrical and enjoyably precise, and his wardrobe was to die for.
The Heath Saunders as Jesus, Ryan Shaw as Judas, and Jo Lampert as Mary Magdalene. In 1974, he appeared as God in Up from Paradise by Arthur Miller. But this live show was a lot. Like fellow cast member Ben Daniels, Lewis is a Scandal alum, previously playing the role of Senator Edison Davis. This marks a return to five recordings earning nominations, following between Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! Other familiar names to receive nods this year were for the showtune-laden The Music.