Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's groundbreaking 1969 rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR marks its 50th anniversary this year and a brand new touring production of the popular musical theatre staple is preparing to launch, with the title role now up for grabs as part of a nationwide casting call.
The official casting breakdown for the role of Jesus is as follows: "Rock tenor; 20s-30s. Chest voice B2-Bb4, powerful falsetto/scream up to G5. This role demands a well-rounded, rich middle register that also has a super extended upper register with virtuosity coupled with sensitive musicianship. Think Jim Morrison-meets-Steven Tyler. A true "rock star," comfortable addressing a group of 12 or an arena of 12,000. This role does not dance but must be comfortable moving. A performer with strong individual identity, ability to communicate beyond the fourth wall in a very large house and be free and creative during the rehearsal process. Must play guitar."
For more information about the open casting calls, visit the official site here: http://wscasting.com/jesuscasting/
Based upon the 2017 Olivier Award-winning Regent's Park Open Air Theatre staging by Timothy Sheader, featuring choreography by Drew McOnie, the electrifying new take on the greatest story ever told will tour 50 cities during its run, kicking off in Austin, Texas this October. Full casting is expected to be announced soon.
Of note, this production comes hot on the heels of the rapturously received NBC telecast JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT starring John Legend which recently took home the 2018 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) along with four technical trophies.