What’s The Buzz? Jesus Christ Superstar is Coming Back to Broadway

“Hosanna!”  If you have been noticing the trend of religious productions making their way to Broadway recently, hold on because here comes one more! Late last night, the Broadway theatre community learned and received the much awaited confirmation that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar will be headed back to Broadway for the Spring of 2012 in potentially one of the most epic revivals planned for the 2011-2012 Season!

Jesus Christ Superstar is currently playing the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, Canada where it has been running since June 2011. The production has received glowing reviews with praise from just about anyone who has seen the production. The production has also been visited by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and numerous Broadway producers. The production has been rumored to turn into a potential Broadway revival since late August and that has now finally been confirmed.

However, Jesus will be making a pit stop before he shines in the lights of Broadway once again. The production is currently playing in Canada till October 29th. The production is then set to travel across the country and transfer to La Jolla Playhouse in California where it will play from November 18th to December 31st. The production will then make its way back across the country to New York City where it will open on Broadway in the Spring of 2012.

Jesus Christ Superstar will begin previews at The Neil Simon Theatre on 52nd street on March 1st, 2012 with an official opening set for March 22nd. Due to conflicts and Broadway casting, there is no current word on if the entire Stratford cast will be transferring to Broadway. However, it is expected all Stratford members will be involved in the California run of the production. The production will be be produced by Dodger Properties and the Really Useful Group. The production is directed by Des McAnuff. Other creative team members include Lisa Shriver as choreographer, musical direction by Rick Fox, a set design by Robert Brill, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Jim Neil, video design by Sean Nieuwenhuis, dramaturgy by Chad Sylvain, fight director Daniel Levinson and aerial stunt coordinator Simon Fon – Quite a large team.

The production current stars Paul Nolan as Jesus, Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Josh Young as Judas Iscariot, Tony Award winner Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Pontius Pilate, Bruce Dow as King Herod and Mike Nadajewski as Peter. Also something awesome worth noting, Josh Young is a former member of Upper Darby Summer Stage!! This now makes him the second Summer Stage in recent years to get to Broadway (Alyse Alan Louis as Sophie in Mamma Mia was the 1st).

Des McAnuff said the following about the productions exciting announcement of a Broadway transfer, “I have wanted to do Jesus Christ Superstar for quite a long time,” McAnuff said in a statement. “I’m extremely pleased to be able to stage the piece with the company of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. I am even more pleased to be able to go with them back to La Jolla Playhouse, which I still consider an important home. We will all be very excited to go from there on to New York.”.

Something we also wanted to note was today while reporting the news of Jesus Christ Superstars return to Broadway, The New York Times spent a good portion of the article talking about a rise in religious productions currently on Broadway. Sound familiar? Thats because Luner on Theatre has covered this! Check out our aricle – Biblical Broadway? Religious Productions Rise Up which we did just over a month ago. We’re very proud to say we noticed this trend which has now been noticed by other major news sources.

So, come Spring 2012, Broadway is going to be a little bit more “Holy” as Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Broadway on potentially one of the most epic and looked upon revivals of the upcoming season. I most definitely plan on making my way to see this show and I hope you do too! Also, it will be interesting to see if Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Evita Revival will end up battling Jesus Christ Superstar for that title come Tony Time! Only time will tell – until then folks. Check out all your official Jesus Christ Superstar Information here on Luner on Theatre or check out their Official Broadway Website. Amen.

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