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.
Run time: 1hr. 55 mins. including intermission (estimate)
Performances start at 8:15 p.m.
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.
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.
|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.|
BRYCE RYNESS (Jesus of Nazareth)
Broadway: Matilda (Trunchbull), Hair (Woof, Drama Desk nomination), First Date, Leap of Faith, Legally Blonde. Off-Broadway: Long Story Short, Fly By Night, Around The World in 80 Days, See Rock City…, Hair. Regional: Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Cabaret, Floyd Collins. National tours: Matilda, Rent. iTunes: RYNESS. Film/TV: Shades of Blue, Tangled (Thug), Peter Pan Live! (Starkey), It Could Be Worse, Law & Order: SVU. Supports: World Vision, Charity: Water. Bryce and his wife, Meredith, have three terrific children and live in NY, CA, or wherever their continent-traversing RV happens to be parked. Here’s to facing our fears, folks; Proverbs 9:10
CONSTANTINE MAROULIS (Judas Iscariot)
is an accomplished actor, producer, singer and songwriter best known for his Tony-nominated performance in Rock of Ages and his epic run as a finalist during the heyday of American Idol. Currently, Constantine is developing a number of creative projects in TV and film, including Tony-nominated work as a producer of Broadway’s revival of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, as well as recently releasing the singles, “Here I Come,” “She’s Just Rock N Roll” and “All About You” from his upcoming album. Constantine recently closed out his starring role in the critically acclaimed Second Stage Theatre production of Friend Art. Find all his social media and tour dates at www.constantinemaroulis.com
CHRISTOPHER SIEBER (King Herod)
Broadway: Big River, The Prom, Matilda, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League nominations), Spamalot (NY and West End, Tony nomination), La Cage Aux Folles, Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love, A Christmas Carol. Cinderella (NYC Opera); Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah (Toronto Symphony). Off-Broadway: The Kid, Avow, The Boys in the Band. Regional: Hairspray, Company, The Boys from Syracuse (Reprise!). TV: Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, Elementary, Pushing Daisies, Johnny and the Sprites, It’s All Relative, Two of a Kind, Sex and the City, Ed, Guiding Light, All My Children, Another World. Film: Morning Glory, See You in September.
CIARA RENÉE (Mary Magdalene)
starred as the Leading Player in the recent Broadway revival of Pippin. On Broadway, Renée also appeared in Big Fish. Ms. Renée originated the role of Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse). She has been seen in productions of The Wild Party, Sondheim on Sondheim, Dreamgirls, Carousel and Passing Strange, among others. TV: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Netflix’s Master of None. Follow Ciara on Twitter @CiaraRenee8
BEN DAVIS (Pontius Pilate)
is just home after 18 months as Cpt. Georg von Trapp in Jack O’Brien’s tour of The Sound of Music. Broadway: Violet (Preacher), A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist, u/s Carl Magnus, Fredrik), Les Misérables (Javert, Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme (Marcello, 2003 Tony Honors for Excellence, Principal Ensemble). UK: BBC Proms’ Kiss Me, Kate at Royal Albert Hall (Fred/Petruchio) and Sondheim at 85 with RTÉ Orchestra. Other credits: Anna Nicole the Opera at BAM (Billy Smith), Lincoln Center American Songbook series, Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (Brom Broeck) opposite Kelli O’Hara and Victor Garber, Westchester Philharmonic w/Kelli O’Hara, LA Philharmonic. Film/TV: The Magic Flute directed by Kenneth Branagh. www.benjaminjaydavis.com
NICHOLAS WARD (Caiaphas)
is thrilled to be making his Muny debut! He was recently seen as Chris in Broadway’s first a capella musical, In Transit. Broadway: On the Town. NY City Center Encores!: 1776, Cabin in the Sky, Annie Get Your Gun, Paint Your Wagon, Zorba, Pipe Dream. European tour: Porgy and Bess. National tour: Show Boat. Regional: Big River, Chicago, Big Fish, Ring of Fire, Once on This Island, Ragtime, Little Shop of Horrors, Tommy, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha. A favorite credit: Andrew Lippa’s: I am Harvey Milk/Anne Hutchinson with Kristin Chenoweth (featured soloist, Avery Fisher Hall).
MYKAL KILGORE (Annas)
is so excited to be making his Muny debut! He has toured the US as well as Europe/Asia/Australia with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. On Broadway, his voice can currently be heard nightly in Dear Evan Hansen. Broadway: Motown the Musical and Hair. Other credits include: The Book of Mormon (1st national tour) and the world premiere of Marley. Mykal has performed to sold out audiences at Joe’s Pub, Birdland, The Kennedy Center and in his own cabaret Mykal@54Below. mykalkilgore.com #BlackLivesMatter
Dionne D. Figgins
Sean Harrison Jones
Jose-Luis Lopez Jr.
Maria Cristina Slye
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 Stephen Schwartz and Lin-Manuel Miranda) at 59E59, Broadway In Chicago and the Old Globe. Other credits: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award nominations), Johnny Baseball (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Tangled (Disney), Rags (Roundabout, workshop), Stars of David (Daryl Roth Productions), Pirates! (Paper Mill, Goodspeed, 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, 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 choreographed last season’s Aida. Broadway: Hamilton (OBC Charles Lee/Ensemble, Hamilton u/s), Hands on a Hardbody (Jesus Pena), In the Heights (Sonny/Graffiti Pete). Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Kung Fu, Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Damn Yankees (Encores!). Regional: Old Globe’s Somewhere (Alejandro, Craig Noel nomination.), Bring It On: The Musical (Twig), La Jolla’s Hands on a Hardbody, Muny’s West Side Story. Film: Fall to Rise, First Reformed, The Things We Do... TV: Blue Bloods, Law & Order, Verizon. Digital: Mas Mejor. Dancer: Mariah Carey, Phish, Don Omar, Soulja Boy, Target, BillBoard, Puma, Reebok, IBM, Panasonic. Choreography: Phish, SpongeBob The Musical (creative consultant), Traveler’s Insurance Conference, Jackson Harris, LoveFound, 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, Youtube @JonRua
COLIN WELFORD (Musical 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. Music Supervisor/Director: 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 an award-winning production of Billy Elliot.
PAUL TATE DEPOO III (Scenic Designer)
is an international designer for theatre, opera, events and film based in NYC. Recent and upcoming productions include: Muny: Young Frankenstein, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. OD Musicals Korea: Titanic. Signature Theatre: Titanic, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, Girlstar. Asolo Rep: Josephine. Goodspeed Musicals: Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Sign of the Times, Guys and Dolls. Delaware Theatre Company: War of the Roses. Off-Broadway: The Locusts Have No King, White Guy on the Bus, Himself and Nora, Romance Language, Pageant: The Musical, Sex of the Baby, Look Upon Our Lowliness. Ted Talk: Boston. Classic Stage Company: Othello. Maltz Jupiter: The Producers, Me and My Girl, The Wiz, Les Misérables, Will Roger’s Follies, Annie, The Music Man, Hello, Dolly!. Bard Opera: Turnadot. Yale: The Rocky Horror Show. Broadway associate designer: Lincoln Center’s Sweeney Todd, Lady Day, How to Succeed…, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Bengal Tiger, Follies, Anything Goes. Paul is a member of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, United Scenic Artists and was recently announced as Live Design Magazine’s ‘Designer to Watch.’ www.pauldepoo.com
TRISTAN RAINES (Costume Designer)
is excited to be making his Muny debut. Off-Broadway/New York: New York Pops Christmas Concert (Carnegie Hall 15/16), Would You Still Love Me If, Stalking the Bogeyman, Bare (New World Stages), The Eternal Space (Theater Row), Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (New World Stages/national tour), Moving Light (New York Theatre Ballet), Soul Doctor (Actor’s Temple), Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre), Murder in the First (59E59), Falling (Minetta Lane), AZAK, Scarcity (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Gormanzee (Flea Theater). Regional: Tribes (Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse), Thieves (Rattlestick), Selkie (Rising Phoenix Rep), Treasure Island (FMT Festival), One Man, Two Guvnors (Florida Studio Theater), Blue Sky Boys, Assisted Loving (Capital Rep). www.tristanraines.com
NATHAN W. SCHEUER (Lighting Designer)
is delighted to be back for another season. Past Muny designs include Aida, Mamma Mia!; Beauty and the Beast, The Buddy Holly Story, Grease, The Addams Family, Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie. NYC credits: Upon this Handful of Earth (NYOS), Jesus Christ Superstar Concert (Highline Ballroom), A Taste of Things to Come, Lord Tom (The York), Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), La Plage (Tom Gold Dance), and associate designer for Manilow on Broadway. Other tour/regional credits: After the Curtain (Shaping Sound), Spamalot (Arkansas Rep), Masha’s Seagull (BTG), The Sleeping Beauty, Beneath One’s Dignity (LA Ballet), Water by the Spoonful, Next to Normal (TheatreSquared). Nathan’s also designed for Selena Gomez, Alice Cooper, Toby Keith, and worked with NYC Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and San Francisco Opera. Proud member of USA 829.
JOHN SHIVERS (Sound Designer)
Credits include: The Muny (2015 – 2017 seasons), Pretty Woman (in development), Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Kinky Boots (2013 Tony Award recipient), Bonnie & Clyde, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Sister Act, 9 to 5, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, In My Life and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. International: The Secret, Tarzan, Das Wunder Von Bern, The Lion King (Shanghai) and (Singapore), Regional: Moonshine, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Tales of the City, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods. Associate credits: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Producers, Hairspray, Aida, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business… (’95), The Who’s Tommy, Guys and Dolls and The Buddy Holly Story. Other credits: Savion Glover, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Gregory Hines and engineering at Electric Lady Studios. John has a gem of a daughter Ruby.
DAVID PATRIDGE (Sound Designer)
Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Soul Doctor. US tours: Flashdance, Mamma Mia!; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat. Regional: The Muny – 2015 and 2016 seasons, First Wives Club, Harmony, The Nutty Professor, Emma, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Sammy, Ace, Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd, Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway: Gigantic. International tours: Das Wunder von Bern. Associate sound design: Paramour, Kinky Boots, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway, Leap of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde, We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Come Fly Away, 9 to 5, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!; Tarzan, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In My Life. David is a recipient of the Kevin Kline and Suzi Bass awards for Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical.
GREG EMETAZ (Video Designer)
is a filmmaker and projection designer. His projection design work includes the world premiere of Bel Canto at Chicago Lyric Opera, Dolores Claiborne at San Francisco Opera, Enemies: A Love Story at Palm Beach Opera, “27” An Opera in Five Acts, Champion and The Golden Ticket at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He is the director of short films Bowes Academy (NC Gay + Lesbian Film Fest Jury award), Get the F K Outta Paris!; Death by Omelette (SNCF Prix Du Polar Finalist and Hong Kong Mobile Film Awards Silver Medalist) and music videos Eating 4 Two and Butt Drunk (Friar’s Club Film festival special Jury Award, iTVfest Best Director Award), co-directed with Amanda DeSimone. He has created the behind-scenes documentaries for Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and numerous productions at New York City Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
LEAH J. LOUKAS (Wig Designer)
Muny: The Music Man, 42nd Street, The Wizard of Oz, Holiday Inn, Hairspray, My Fair Lady. Broadway: The Heidi Chronicles, On The Town, A Night with Janis Joplin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, American Idiot, Irena’s Vow. Off-Broadway: The Royale (Lincoln Center), The Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Barbecue, Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Into the Woods (Shakespeare in the Park series), Heathers: The Musical; Bare: The Musical; Carrie: The Musical; Tribes, Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature Theatre), Ever After, The Little Mermaid (Paper Mill Playhouse), Baskerville (Arena Stage and McCarter Theater), The Second Mrs. Wilson (Long Wharf Theatre). Leah holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati’s CCM (Theater Design and Production/Makeup and Wig Design).
CODY RENARD RICHARD (Production Stage Manager)
is thrilled to be back at The Muny after working on Aladdin and Thoroughly Modern Millie 5 years go! Broadway: Hamilton, Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour, Kinky Boots, Motown, After Midnight, Ghost, Cyrano de Bergerac, Lysistrata Jones, If/Then, The Lion King. TV: Hairspray Live!; The Wiz Live!. Cirque Du Soleil: OVO (North American tour), Wintuk (Madison Square Garden). Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude (Public Theatre), Cotton Club Parade (City Center Encores!), Hello Again (Transport Group), Lysistrata Jones (Transport Group), Misalliance (Pearl Theatre). Selected Regional: The Muny, Stages STL, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre & The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. BFA in Stage Management from Webster Conservatory. @codyrenard