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August 25, 1990 | NANCY CHURNIN
When "Jesus Christ Superstar" was first produced on Broadway 19 years ago, it caused picketing and protests by religious groups. A rock opera about the final days of Christ? A sympathetic portrait of Judas? A question about whether Jesus was a man or a god? It's hard to imagine the stirring and beautifully sung production, in its Starlight Musical Theatre premiere at the Starlight Bowl, causing protests now. Part of the reason is the inevitable softening effects of time.
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June 19, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Some on- and off-Broadway shuffles were announced Tuesday: "Small Engine Repair" is New York bound while"Jesus Christ Superstar"could exit sooner than expected. Playwright-actor John Pollono's twisted buddy comedy "Small Engine Repair,” which premiered last year in Los Angeles at the Rogue Machine Theatre, will be playing off-Broadway at MCC Theater from May 16 through June 23, 2013. Pollono and Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead") will reprise their roles from the Los Angeles production; no further casting was announced.
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February 25, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Carl Anderson, a balladeer and actor known for his rich, expressive voice, whose greatest success during a three-decade career was playing Judas in the landmark musical "Jesus Christ Superstar," died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a seven-month battle with leukemia. He was 58. Anderson, who lived in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with leukemia last summer during a national revival tour of the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the last week in the life of Jesus.
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April 1, 2012 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Oh, to be ignorant again. At least that's what Tim Rice is thinking as he looks back on his 26-year-old self. "It's a great advantage not to have a clue as to what you're up to," he says. "My son Donald, who has just finished his first film, said something I wish I'd said: 'You should make the most of your inexperience because you'll never get it back.' And it's true. " What has put Rice in such a ruminative mood are the Broadway revivals this season of his two early shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber,"Jesus Christ Superstar" (1970)
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March 26, 1992 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Jesus Christ Superstar" was originally created as a 1970 phonograph record, but achieved great international success onstage as a musical based on the days leading up to Easter. An enjoyable Cabrillo Music Theater production, directed by Sean Moran, closes this weekend at the Dorill Wright Cultural Center in Port Hueneme. The show's major place in theater history may be as the work that introduced Andrew Lloyd Webber to the general public.
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March 31, 1995 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Motown reunion, benefit events hosted by Magic Johnson and Paul Rodriguez and a return engagement of "Jesus Christ Superstar" are among the special programs featured during the Universal Amphitheatre's 1995 season, with ticket sales beginning Sunday. "The Legends of Motown," Aug. 24-25, will include some of the famed soul label's best-known acts--the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Spinners, Mary Wilson & the Supremes and Jr. Walker & the All-Stars.
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November 3, 2002 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
Talk about crossing over. For the next nine months or more, Sebastian Bach metal dude is going to be transformed eight times a week into Jesus Christ Superstar. The former singer of Skid Row cut a swath in the late '80s and early '90s as one of hard rock's most profane and unbridled wild boys. Now, at 34, he is continuing his out-of-the-blue parallel life as a star in Broadway musicals.
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September 26, 1991 | JEFF KAYE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Surrounded by his followers, Jesus Christ appears wearing Kabuki whiteface and a vaguely hippie-style net shirt. To the sound of an electric guitar and Asian rhythm instruments, he steps gently across a row of wooden Japanese wagons and makes his way to the center of a stark, angled stage. As the musical story of Jesus' last seven days unfolds, the stage swells with incongruous images and sounds: geishas and apostles, parasols and crosses, gentle Japanese strings and honky-tonk piano.
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July 27, 1995 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the curtain goes up on "Jesus Christ Superstar" this weekend, it will be the 15th season for the Thousand Oaks teen summer musical program that initially started as a way to keep vacationing kids busy and out of trouble. A lot has changed since then. In the early days, most any teen who auditioned for a part in the annual summer musical walked on stage with a role. This year 126 kids, ages 13 to 19, auditioned for the 45 roles in "Jesus Christ Superstar.
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May 25, 1993 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Theater or rock 'n' roll? Stalled at a career crossroads, singer Dennis DeYoung is struggling to decide on one or the other. DeYoung, the guiding force in the rock band Styx since it was formed in 1963, has been immersed in theater since early this year, touring the country as Pontius Pilate in "Jesus Christ Superstar," which opens tonight for two weeks at the Universal Amphitheatre.
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December 11, 2011 | Larry Stempel, Fordham University music professor Larry Stempel is the author of "Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater."
Before "Godspell" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" first hit off-Broadway and Broadway, respectively, 40 years ago -- the first like an ember that caught fire, the other like an explosion -- who but the most prescient or devout would have laid odds on any musical that ended with a crucifixion? But both shows have been entertaining audiences ever since. And there's no sign of either of them wearing thin. A revival of "Godspell" opened on Broadway this fall; a revival of "Superstar," born at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival and now playing at the La Jolla Playhouse, is slated for Broadway next spring.
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November 30, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
— Take away the miracles, the bluesy guitar licks and all those antsy apostles, and what's "Jesus Christ Superstar" really about? Des McAnuff thinks he has the answer. It's a love triangle among Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene, said the U.S.-Canadian director of the critically heralded, Broadway-bound production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical that's running through year's end at the La Jolla Playhouse. Actually, McAnuff said, he heard lyricist Rice deliver that revisionist take on the New Testament during a TV interview.
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June 10, 2009 | Associated Press
Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the target of comedians' jokes since his arrest and impeachment, is getting in on the laughs with Chicago's famed Second City group. The former governor will participate in Saturday's evening performance of "Rod Blagojevich Superstar," his spokesman Glenn Selig said Tuesday. The show is a takeoff on the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" and follows Blagojevich's rise and fall. Its run was supposed to end June 14, but the improvisational comedy group extended performances to Aug. 9 because of its popularity.
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January 17, 2009 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tom O'Horgan, a leader in New York's experimental theater scene in the 1960s who went on to direct the exuberant, often freewheeling Broadway productions of "Hair" and "Jesus Christ Superstar," has died. He was 84. The director died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Venice, Fla., said Marc Cohen, a close family friend. O'Horgan had Alzheimer's disease.
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August 15, 2006 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
The celebrity-heavy audience gathered in a toasty theater at Hollywood and Vine was overcome Sunday by its passion for the Christ -- as well as its passion for the Mary Magdelene and the 12 disciples. It even showed its passion for the Judas.
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August 12, 2006 | Lynne Heffley, Times Staff Writer
"Well, I think I've been doing it for 2,000 years now," Ted Neeley says by phone in a warm Texas drawl. "But I have never once walked on a stage and not felt like it was the very first time." Neeley is referring to his title role in the 1973 film "Jesus Christ Superstar" and in the many subsequent theater productions of the seminal Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera. But now the actor is ready to hang up his flowing robe and crown of thorns.
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July 5, 1994 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ooohh, I was sooooo scared," shrieked singer Syreeta Wright, recalling her opening night as Mary Madgalene in "Jesus Christ Superstar" last October in Buffalo, N.Y. "I was so scared I can't remember doing it. It's a blank now. I really didn't think I was going to make it through another night." She did, of course.
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April 1, 2012 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Oh, to be ignorant again. At least that's what Tim Rice is thinking as he looks back on his 26-year-old self. "It's a great advantage not to have a clue as to what you're up to," he says. "My son Donald, who has just finished his first film, said something I wish I'd said: 'You should make the most of your inexperience because you'll never get it back.' And it's true. " What has put Rice in such a ruminative mood are the Broadway revivals this season of his two early shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber,"Jesus Christ Superstar" (1970)
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March 2, 2004 | Hank Stuever, Washington Post
It seems to me a strange thing, mystifying (to quote the show), that singer and actor Carl Anderson, whom audiences knew from the stage and screen versions of the 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar," died the same week Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" arrived in movie theaters. "Superstar" and "Passion" are wildly different takes on the death of Jesus, but both adhere to the prevailing rap on Judas Iscariot: He did what he had to do, and it drove him crazy.
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February 25, 2004 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Carl Anderson, a balladeer and actor known for his rich, expressive voice, whose greatest success during a three-decade career was playing Judas in the landmark musical "Jesus Christ Superstar," died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a seven-month battle with leukemia. He was 58. Anderson, who lived in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with leukemia last summer during a national revival tour of the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about the last week in the life of Jesus.
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