'Jesus Christ Superstar' opening on Broadway in March
Broadway fans would be wise to brush up on the New Testament this season as two Christ-themed musicals are scheduled to descend from the heavens onto New York. Organizers announced Tuesday that the highly anticipated revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" will open at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 22.
The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, comes from Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival and will stop at the La Jolla Playhouse from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31 before heading to New York. The revival production is directed by Des McAnuff and stars Paul Nolan in the title role of the Messiah. Broadway preview performances are scheduled to begin March 1.
This fall, a revival of "Godspell" is set to open on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The Stephen Schwartz musical will star "Weeds" actor Hunter Parrish in the role of Christ and is set to officially open Nov. 7.
Both musicals made their Broadway debuts in the 1970s.
"Jesus Christ Superstar" is a last-minute replacement at the La Jolla Playhouse after the musical "Finding Neverland" was called off by the Weinstein Co.
— David Ng
Photo: Paul Nolan in the Stratford production of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Credit: David Hou / Associated Press.