Jesus Christ Superstar
June 12 – 18
A HEAVENLY MASTERPIECE!
The Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber phenomenon returns. Jesus Christ Superstar was an album that became a cultural phenomenon, then Broadway’s first rock opera and remains a world-wide favorite. With classic songs like “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Heaven on Their Minds” and the title song, this bold and rocking retelling of the gospels will leave you singing nothing but heavenly praises.
The word damned is used.
The musical dramatizes Jesus’ crucifixion.
Filled with regret for betraying Jesus, Judas hangs himself.
Two songs imply that Mary Magdalene is a prostitute.
Loosely based on the Gospels, Jesus Christ Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel and the leadership of Rome. Special attention is played to the relationship between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, as well as Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene.
Jesus Christ Superstar is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. It started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. In 1972, the show opened in London’s West End and a film version was released in 1973. The show is a product of its era, filled with 1970’s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, modern language and colloquialisms, and high-energy dance numbers.
Mark Your Calendar
Season Tickets on sale
NOW – June 9
Single Tickets on sale
May 8 – August 13
|Ticket Prices||Season*||Single||Season Savings|
|Center Boxes (C-6)||$637||$95||4%|
|Side Boxes (7-10)||$581||$90||8%|
|Terrace A (A-M)||$448||$74||14%|
|Terrace A (N-Y)||$329||$58||19%|
|Terrace B (A-M)||$231||$44||25%|
|Terrace B (N-Y)||$112||$31||48%|
|* Season Ticket prices include $7 service fee.|
Shuler Hensley (Julian Marsh)
Broadway: No Man’s Land/Waiting For Godot, Young Frankenstein,Tarzan, Oklahoma! (and West End- Tony, Drama Desk, OCC, Olivier Awards), Les Misérables. Off-Broadway: Grinch…, The Most Happy Fella, and Fiorello! (Encores!), The Whale (Lucille Lortel/Obie Awards; OCC, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations; Stage Performance of the Year by NY Magazine), Silence! The Musical, Sweet And Sad (Drama Desk for Outstanding Ensemble). Regional/International: The Prince of Broadway, The Guardsman, Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County, The Phantom ofthe Opera, Wozzeck, Regina. Symphony Appearances: NY Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra. TV: Shades of Blue, Banshee, The Americans, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Intent. Film: Murder of a President, The Legend of Zorro, VanHelsing.
Emily Skinner (Dorothy Brock)
Muny: Billy Elliot, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Broadway: Side Show (Tony nomination, Drama League Award), Jekyll & Hyde, The Full Monty, James Joyce’s The Dead, Dinner at Eight (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), Billy Elliot (BroadwayWorld Award). Off-Broadway: Jerry Springer The Opera (Carnegie Hall); Fiorello!, No Strings, Pardon My English, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (City Center Encores!); leading roles at Manhattan Theater Club, WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, York Theatre, Paramount Theatre at Madison Square Gardens. Regional: multiple roles at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Long Wharf, The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Bucks County Playhouse, Virginia Rep, and many others. She has sung with symphonies around the globe and her numerous CD recordings may be found at Amazon.com. www.emily-skinner.com
Jay Armstrong Johnson (Billy Lawlor)
Muny: Hello, Dolly! and Pirates! Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d. Broadway: On The Town (Astaire Award nom.), Hands on a Hardbody, Catch Me If You Can, HAIR. TV/Film: Quantico (Dr. Will Olson; recurring), Sex & the City 2, Law & Order: SVU. Off-Broadway: Wild Animals You Should Know (MCC), Working (Drama Desk Award; Prospect Theater Co.). Other NY Theater: The Most Happy Fella (Encores!), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall). First national tour: A Chorus Line. Regional: The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), On The Town (Barrington Stage Co.), Hands On A Hardbody (La Jolla Playhouse), Pool Boy (Barrington Stage Co), Hairspray (Weston Playhouse). Concert: 35mm: A Musical Exhibition (on iTunes).
Jonalyn Saxer (Peggy Sawyer)
Jonalyn is thrilled to be making her Muny debut in her all-time favorite show! Broadway: Honeymoon In Vegas, Bullets Over Broadway. Pre-Broadway/Regional: Gotta Dance (Bank Of America Theater, Chicago), Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical (Dallas Theater Center), Pittsburgh CLO, Maine State Music Theater, Syracuse Stage, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Proud Syracuse University Graduate.
GORDON GREENBERG (Director)
recently co-wrote and directed the Broadway stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn for Roundabout and Universal Stage Productions. For The Muny he has directed Holiday Inn (2015), West Side Story (2013) and Pirates! (2012). His acclaimed West End revival of Guys And Dolls was nominated for six Olivier Awards and recently finished an extended run at the Savoy and then the Phoenix Theatre in London (starring Rebel Wilson). He directed the Drama Desk Award winning revised production of Working (adapted with with Stephen Schwartz and Lin-Manuel Miranda) at 59E59, Broadway In Chicago and the Old Globe. Other credits include the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award noms), Johnny Baseball for Williamstown Theatre Festival, the new stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney, Rags for Roundabout (workshop), Stars of David for Daryl Roth Productions, Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (Paper Mill, Goodspeed, The Muny, Huntington), Band Geeks! (Goodspeed), The Baker’s Wife (Goodspeed, Paper Mill), 1776 (Paper Mill), Floyd Collins (Signature), and the Disney Fantasy Christening with Neil Patrick Harris & Jerry Seinfeld. Current projects include co-writing Emerald City Music Hall, an original movie musical for Nickelodeon Television and Scramble Band, an original movie musical for the Disney Channel, co-writing and directing The Secret of My Success for Universal Pictures Stage Productions, directing a new musical for Huey Lewis, and co-writing Port-Au-Prince, a NYSCA commission for The New Group, with Kirsten Childs. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and on television. He attended Stanford University and NYU and is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, The Writers Guild of America, and The Dramatists Guild.
JON RUA (Choreographer)
returns to The Muny, where he has choreographed Aida (2016). He’s been seen on Broadway in: Hamilton (Hamilton understudy, Charles Lee/Ensemble), Hands on a Hardbody (Jesus Pena), In the Heights (Sonny and Graffiti Pete). Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Kung Fu, Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Damn Yankees (Encores!). Regional: Old Globe’s Somewhere (Alejandro-Craig Noel Leading Actor nomination), Bring It On: The Musical; La Jolla’s Hardbody, Muny’s West Side Story. Film: Fall to Rise, The Things We Do They Don’t Understand. TV: Blue Bloods, Law & Order. Digital: Mas Mejor Primos, Inc. Dancer for Mariah Carey, Phish, Don Omar, Soulja Boy, Target, BillBoard, Puma, Reebok, IBM, Panasonic. Choreography includes Phish, Jackson Harris, SpongeBob The Musical (creative consultant), ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, NBA, NYMF 2016 Freedom Riders, Broadway Bares, Capezio A.C.E. Awards. He’s assisted Tony award-winners Andy Blankenbuehler, Christopher Gattelli and Olivier award-winner Sergio Trujillo. Jon’s work has been influential to Broadway’s Hamilton, On Your Feet, Bring It On: The Musical; Hands on a Hardbody, In the Heights and NYCC’s The Wiz. Instagram @jonrua1, Twitter @jonrua, www.JonRua.com #TheGrit #JonRua
COLIN WELFORD (Music Director)
studied musicology, conducting and composition at Oxford University, The Royal College of Music, University of Miami, and Columbia College. He is currently the Music Director/Conductor of the Chicago production of ‘Hamilton’. Past credits as Music Supervisor or Music Director include: ‘Billy Elliot’ (13 companies worldwide), ‘The Lion King’ (13 companies), ‘Wicked’, ‘Rent’, ‘The Who’s Tommy’ (5 companies). Colin has conducted productions of ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Coppelia’, ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Giselle’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’ for The English National Ballet, and on the other side of the Atlantic has orchestrated for the New York and Boston Pops orchestras. As a conductor he appears on many recordings, ranging from Mahler and Stravinsky with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, to pop and big-band albums. He is also the composer of two produced musicals and is at work on his first opera. Colin is delighted to return to the MUNY, where he first appeared in 2014 conducting their award-winning production of “Billy Elliot’.