"JC SuperStar" will be presended at the Washington Street Theatre on Friday, and Saturday, Jan 11 and 12 at 7:30 PM and again on Sunday Jan 13 at 2:30 PM.
The High School Class of Olean Theatre Workshop is very proud to present the musical, JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This will be staged at the Sullivan Street Theatre Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13. Evening curtain is 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee is 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 each and are available on our website, at the door or by calling 373-SHOW (7469). This production is NOT a part of the regular season so all tickets need to be purchased. This writer advises you to reserve your ticket(s) early as it is a large cast who has many family and friends. We do not want anyone to miss this extraordinary musical with its extremely talented cast!
Written in 1970 as a rock musical concept album, JC SUPERSTAR first hit Broadway the following year. The plot revolves around the last week of Jesus' life, starting with the Palm Sunday ride into Jerusalem, and ending with the Crucifixion of Good Friday. The disciples are an integral part of the cast- "then when we retire we can write the Gospels," and involves a good deal of interaction between Jesus and Judas Iscariot that is only hinted at in the BIBLE. JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR has been reported as being a favorite of Pope Paul VI and he was treated to a private showing of the film version in 1973. Vatican Radio in 1971 aired the concept album in its entirety along with remarks by Webber and Rice and various religious leaders. At the time of its debut, there was indeed criticism by evangelical groups and it was even considered anti-Semitic. This is not the case now, as the musical has stood the test of time with its score and story line. This musical and GODSPELL have long been a favorite of OTW. Why? The scores of both are wonderful, and even today, most people know the words.
Just a word about the music. There are few musicals with the quality of songs such as "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "What's the Buzz?" "Heaven on Their Minds,"Everything's Alright," and the comic relief of "King Herod's Song." Just this last Easter, NBC aired an excellent live production of SUPERSTAR with John Legend as Jesus, Sarah Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and Alice Cooper as King Herod. It was very well received, and met to great critical reviews. JESUS CHRIST, SUPER STAR has achieved the lasting recognition that all musicals hope for and we promise you a wonderful and thoughtful experience. Not to mention great voices! See you at the show!!