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Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday To-Do: 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

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‘JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR'
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $18-$52.

'Tis the season. Eight days after Easter, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famed musical about the last seven days of the life of Jesus Christ hits the stage for three performances. Ted Neely, who's starred on Broadway, onstage in Los Angeles in Norman Jewison's 1973 film adaptation and in the current traveling production, might have a God complex. Twenty years after first playing the role, he returned to it in 1992, in what was originally planned as a three-month tour. It lasted for more than five years. Then, again in 2006, he embarked on what was initially thought to be his farewell tour, which continues today. (Interesting side note: Corey Glover, from Living Colour, was Judas early in the tour). In all, that's somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 performances of the musical for Neely. He must walk around with the tune to “The Crucifixion” in his head all the time. In its graduated stage age, the musical, somewhat sadly, has left sparkly Afros and hot pants behind for more sensible hemps and linens. Still, I expect Jesus and Judas and co. still know how to get down. The musical continues with performances on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Same price, place and time.

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