Photos by Dancing Lemur Photography
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent 1960s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, “Jesus Christ Superstar” illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
Stephen Howard, a newcomer to Theatre Alliance but not to Piedmont-area stages, is starring as Jesus. Says Howard, “I am extremely honored and humbled to play Jesus amidst this exceptionally talented and dedicated cast. Everyone is truly fantastic, and this show is an unforgettable experience that I deeply believe anyone would enjoy.”
Troy Hurst is a familiar TA face and excited about playing the conflicted Judas. “When I was 7 years old, I saw Jesus Christ Superstar on TV for the first time. I did not know what was going on or who those people were, but knew I wanted to do ‘that’ when I grew up. I’m thankful that all these years later, dreams do come true. It’s been a great challenge vocally and emotionally to bring this misunderstood character to life; if you stop and think about it, we all have a little bit of Judas in each of us.
“This show has it all; great cast, music, choreo, and theme for the upcoming Easter season,” continues Hurst. “Each rehearsal, I’m blown away by the incredible talent and dedication of the cast, to tell the greatest story ever told with a unique TA twist!”
The Theatre Alliance production is directed by Jamie Lawson and musically directed by Dennis Raley. The cast features Stephen Howard as Jesus, Troy Hurst as Judas, and Charee Cuthrell as Mary Magdalene.
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 2 pm
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8 pm
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8 pm
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 8 pm
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2 pm
You can find ticket information HERE.