Stratford Shakespeare Festival's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar opened at The Avon Theatre on Friday June 3rd to outstanding reviews with audiences and critics alike raving about this magnificent new take on the now four decade old show. Directed by Des McAnuff, the show tells the story of the last week of Christ's life. Since the show's opened, there has been a flood of theatre insiders travelling to Toronto to see the show to discuss moving it to Broadway.
Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice both travelled to see the show and came away from their experiences - wildly enthusiastic. Now, Michael Riedel in the New York Post has picked up on the trail this morning, and he adds fuel to the fire that has the show likely to come to Broadway in the Spring of 2012.
Riedel reports that circling the show to produce are Dodger Productions and the Mirvishes. Jesus Christ Superstar is already playing to capacity audiences at the Avon Theatre and is scheduled to run in repertory there through Oct. 29.
This new production is set as an epic rock concert, and features Paul Nolan as Jesus and Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene. The pair were last seen together in 2009 as Tony and Maria in the Stratford production of West Side Story. Completing the love triangle is Josh Young as Judas Iscariot. Brent Carver lends his spectacular voice to the role of Pontius Pilate, and Festival favourite Bruce Dow plays the role of King Herod.