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PNC Broadway Welcomes 50th Anniversary North American Tour of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

The company of the North American Tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (Photos by Matthew Murphy.)

PITTSBURGH–Work Light Productions presents the 50th Anniversary Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s iconic musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the North American presentation of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production officially launched its 30-city tour on Oct. 8 in Austin, Texas.

Currently in Pittsburgh, “Jesus Christ Superstar” continues with shows through Sunday, Jan. 5, at the Benedum Center, 237-7th St., Pittsburgh.

This touring production is part of the 2019-2020 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Broadway Across America. For tickets and information, visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s official website TrustArts.org, call 412-456-4800, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Ave.

“We are thrilled to have put together this incredible company. It’s now time for us to plug into ‘The Brown Album’ and make that music live again on stage. The show will resound with audiences across North America like it was written for us today,” said director Tim Sheader.

The cast is led by Aaron LaVigne (“Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark,” “Rent”) in the role of Jesus along with James Delisco Beeks (“Kinky Boots,” “Aida”) as Judas, Jenna Rubaii (“Groundhog Day,” “American Idiot”) as Jesus’ devoted follower Mary and Alvin Crawford (“The Lion King,” “Candide”) as Caiaphas.

Casting also includes Tommy Sherlock (Pilate), Tyce Green (Annas), Eric A. Lewis (Simon), Paul Louis Lessard (Herod), Tommy McDowell (Peter), along with David Andre, Sara Andreas, Wesley J. Barnes, Derek Ferguson, Brian Golub, Brittany Rose Hammond, Garfield Hammonds, Keirsten Nicole Hodgens, Sheila Jones, Rebecca Kritzer, Jacob Lacopo, Charles McCall, Danny McHugh, Pepe Nufrio, Sarah Parker, Erick Patrick, SandyRedd, Jasmine Schmenk and Chelsea Williams. (Pepe Nufrio and Tommy Sherlock are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association).

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

The North American tour will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie, with set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee, Tom Scutt and music supervision by Tom Deering. Rounding out the creative team is lighting design by Lee Curran, with co-sound design by Keith Caggiano and Nick Lidster.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. The original 1971 concept album (commonly known as “The Brown Album”) was named Album of the Year on the Billboard Pop Charts, surpassing albums such as Carole King’s “Tapestry” and Janis Joplin’s “Pearl.” NBC’s recent “Jesus Christ Superstar” Live in Concert starring John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper won a 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017. The production opened for a limited engagement on West End, this summer at the Barbican.

The North American tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is produced by Stephen Gabriel and Work Light Productions by arrangement with Really Useful Group Ltd.

For additional information about this production, please visit ustour.JesusChristSuperstar.com and follow the tour on Facebook and Instagram: @JesusChristSuperstar and on Twitter: @JCSTheMusical.

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