From Kyle Osborne: Before I had ever seen the play, I had the double album–it was big and heavy in my small hands, and it had a booklet with the lyrics and sketch drawings of the actors’ faces. I was 8 years old and I can recall the experience as if it were yesterday. Knowing Signature Theatre the way I do, I imagine this production will be just as inspiring. (Be sure to scroll down to watch videos)
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
AT SIGNATURE THEATRE
MAY 9 – JULY 2, 2017
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Arlington, VA – Signature Theatre is proud to announce full casting for Jesus Christ Superstar directed by Signature Theatre Director of New Works Joe Calarco (Gypsy, The Flick). With a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Evita) and Tim Rice (Evita, Chess), featuring “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Everything’s Alright,” Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of Jesus’ life in his final week. This epic story will come to life in an immersive new staging in Signature Theatre’s MAX Theatre and runs May 9 – July 2, 2017.
“We’ve assembled an exciting array of artists to work on this new production of Jesus Christ Superstar,” said Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer. “It will be the perfect finale to an exciting 27th Season at Signature hearing these iconic rock songs in our intimate MAX Theatre with Joe Calarco at the helm.”
“Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most iconic musicals in history and its score changed the sound of Broadway,” said Joe Calarco. “People are so familiar with the show now that I think we forget how arresting and revolutionary it was, not just in the style of its music, but how lyrically it asks us to look at Jesus as a man, a man with faults. This production will continue Signature’s history of allowing audiences to see classics in a fresh way.
The production will star Nicholas Edwards (Off-Broadway’s Spamilton, Sister Act National Tour) as Jesus of Nazareth, Ari McKay Wilford (Broadway’s Once) as Judas Iscariot, and Natascia Diaz (Signature’s West Side Story, The Threepenny Opera) as Mary Magdalene. Edwards, Wilford and Diaz are joined in the cast by Sherri L. Edelen (Signature’s Midwestern Gothic, Gypsy) as King Herod, Sam Ludwig (Signature’s Midwestern Gothic, Titanic) as Annas, Michael J. Mainwaring (Arena’s Smokey Joe’s Café) as Peter, Awa Sal Secka (Round House’s Caroline, or Change) as Simon Zealotes, Thomas Adrian Simpson (Signature’s Company) as Caiaphas, and Bobby Smith as Pontius Pilate (Signature’s Midwestern Gothic, Titanic).
The ensemble is rounded out by Vincent Kempski (Signature’s Miss Saigon), David Landstrom (Olney’s Avenue Q), Calvin McCullough (Ford’s A Christmas Carol), Solomon Parker III (Red Branch Theatre’s Dogfight), Jobari Parker-Namdar (Signature’s Anyone Can Whistle), Chris Sizemore (Signature’s Titanic), Harrison Smith (Keegan Theatre’s Parade), Korinn Walfall (Round House Theatre’s Caroline, or Change), and Kara Tameika Watkins (Signature’s Jelly’s Last Jam).
The creative team includes Choreography by Karma Camp (Signature’s Elmer Gantry), Musical Direction by William Yanesh(Signature’s The Last Five Years), Scenic Design by Luciana Stecconi (Signature’s Tender Napalm), Lighting Design by Jason Lyons (Signature’s La Cage Aux Folles), Costume Design by Frank Labovitz (Signature’s Titanic), Sound Design by Ryan Hickey (Signature’s Titanic), Video Design by Zach Borovay (Broadway’s Rock of Ages), Fight Choreography by Casey Kaleba(Signature’s Midwestern Gothic) Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein, Assistant Stage Manager Karen Currie, Production Assistant Joey Blakely, New York Casting by Laura Stancyzk, CSA.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Joe Calarco
Eight weeks only!
Performances run May 9, 2017 through July 2, 2017
Single tickets now on sale.
Jesus Christ Superstar is sponsored by Peter and Ann Tanous, Ratner Companies and Feld Entertainment.