1. A White Jesus That Looks Like catholic Interpratations of the man – Check.
2. Scaffolding – Check.
3. Lights everywhere – Check.
4. Lights in your face – Check
5 The score is exactly the same – Check.
6. A strong reason to revive the show in the 21st century – MISSING.
And the original, but not performed on the original set…..
Tony-winning director Des McAnuff’s take on Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar makes its way to Broadway after a blow-out premiere at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. McAnuff is joined by his cast, including Paul Nolan (who plays Jesus), Chilina Kennedy (Mary Magdalene) and Josh Young (Judas) who comprise the three characters at the center of a love triangle, now brought to the fore in this updated, stripped-down (including elements of hip-hop) version of the classic rock opera. Previews begin Mar. 1 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
Colin Donnell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Betsy Wolfe (in photos) play four friends at different points in their lives, in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, the first New York City Center Encores! production of the season. Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, will be directed by James Lapine with music direction by Rob Berman and musical staging by Dan Knechtges. Merrily has been extended for a two-week run and will play for 15 performances, February 8–19, 2012, at New York City Center 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the meet and greet this morning and got a sneak peek of Miranda, Keenan-Bolger and Donnell in rehearsal!