A Superstar for the 21st Century.

Posted on: December 19 2014 | Posted in: News

 

 

 

Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Announced!

January 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 @ 7:30 pm

Jan. 25 @ 3:00 pm

Tickets: $30 - $50

www.lepetittheatre.com; 504-522-2081

 

A man claims to be the Messiah -  the Chosen One - and stirs controversy everywhere he goes. He is accepted by some and rejected by many. It is a story that has resonated over 2,000 years.

That's where Le Petit Theatre's production of Jesus Christ Superstar begins.  The legendary rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice opens Jan. 16 for nine shows. Local Director Augustin Correro is revving up the energy as an ensemble of more than 20 actors and musicians retell the story of the crucifixion, loosely based on the Gospel. He says audiences can expect a "rocking, beyond contemporary" production.

"This is not your mama's Superstar.  While the script remains 100% intact, the overall look of the show including the sets and costumes is getting an edgy, modern facelift," he says.  

Leads include Gentry Williams as Jesus, Adair Watkins as Judas and Elyse McDaniel as Mary Magdalene:

 

Gentry Williams - Jesus

Adair Watkins - Judas

Elyse McDaniel - Mary Magdalene

Sean Richmond - Caiaphas

Nick Shackleford - Annas

Joseph Furnari - Pilate

Logan Faust - Herod

Chrishira Perrier - Simon

Joel Derby - Peter

 

Correro, along with Musical Director Kyle Aucoin and Choreographer Clayton Shelvin,  plans to break the glass and throw the story onstage with all its raw glory, complete with betrayal, doubt, guilt, politics, and hero-worship. Correro's work has been seen throughout the South and on the East Coast. It is his first time directing on the Le Petit stage.

Correro says that Superstar has never been about producing a ‘historically accurate’ portrayal of the Gospel. "It's always been a rock show. And for that same reason, it's a great opportunity to portray the story in a new light: engaging, vivid, emotionally charged, and narratively complex."

In other words, this production will break the mold, trading a 1970s Superstar for a production that takes place sometime in the 21st century.

Superstar was the third artistic collaboration for Rice and Webber and includes timeless hits "Superstar " and "Everything's Alright." The concept originated as a double album which paved the way for the hit Broadway musical in 1971.  Correro is excited to bring it to the Le Petit stage:  "Mixing the classic with some of the contemporary really fits with the vibe at Le Petit," he says.  "It's a classic building that's humming with new energy and creative ideas. Superstar is a great addition since it's fun, powerful, and musically interesting."

The show is underwritten by IberiaBank with additional support from Boh Bros. Construction Co., KVH Designs and Mr. and Mrs. James Favrot.

After-school program Make Music NOLA makemusicnola.org has been selected as the theatre's nonprofit partner. The nonprofit's mission is to foster academic achievement, cultivate artistic expression, and promote the healthy growth and development of children in New Orleans through culturally relevant music instruction and performance.  Donations will be accepted before each performance.

Tickets are now available for nine performances Jan. 16 – 30. Ticket prices range from $30-$50 with a special discount performance on Wed., Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.   All tickets may be purchased online at www.lepetittheatre.com , at the box office Tues. - Sat. between the hours of  11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by calling 504-522-2081.

 

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