July 18 - 30, 2017
Jesus Christ Superstar
An Ordway Original
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s legendary rock opera brings to life an interpretation of Christ’s final days as a social and political rebel as seen through the eyes of Judas, who would eventually betray him. Dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge, and explosive theatricality and propelled by a stirring score, rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
Generous support for Ordway Originals is provided by Marcia L. Morris.
Ordway Pre-Show Extras
“King Looks Like a Lady” – intersections of gender, power and performance
Wednesday, July 19th
6:30 – 7 PM | Target Atrium
With the casting of Erin Schwab as King Herod in the Ordway Original Jesus Christ Superstar, Director James A. Rocco invites a dialogue at the Ordway in regards to women’s representation, access to power roles and presence of voice in contemporary and traditional theater. These concepts aren’t new to the art form.
Theaters within the Twin Cities have been long working in and with this concept. One such theater is Theatre Unbound, a company founded in 1999 with a mission to deliver thought-provoking live theatre conceived and created by women, providing audiences with engaging, rarely-seen perspectives on issues that are relevant and universal. In this Ordway Extra, Hear from Theater Unbound Core Company Member Laura Wiebers and Board Member Kathy Blegen-Huntley on their work with the company, their perspectives on the history, trends and opportunities for women in theater in the Twin Cities and the reasons why this work is vital to the continued renewal of the art form.
Is There A Significance To Casting A Black Actor As Jesus Christ?
Wednesday, July 26th
6:30 – 7 PM | Target Atrium
In the Ordway’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, three prominent roles were cast with African American actors – Jesus of Nazareth will be played by Jesse Nager. Terance Reddick has been cast in the role of Simon. And Rudolph Searles III will play Peter.
In partnership with the YWCA of St. Paul and other arts, media and community influencers, Robin P. Hickman will lead a Taking Our Place Centerstage conversation focusing on the significance of this casting in the midst of the current social and political climate. Speakers will address historic and contemporary images of Black men in the media, the arts and entertainment, and how negative representation fuels fear and justifies injustice.
Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM
ASL and Audio Description
Saturday, July 22, 2017 | 2 PM
Recommended Music Theater seating locations for ASL-Interpreted performances (subject to availability):
- ORCHESTRA RIGHT, ROW G, SEATS 307-310
- ORCHESTRA RIGHT, ROW H, SEATS 308-311
- ORCHESTRA RIGHT, ROW J, SEATS 309-312
An Ordway Production
* Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
James A. Rocco – Director and Choreographer
Andrew Burgoin – Musical Director
Paul Whitaker – Scenic and Lighting Designer
Andy Horka/Big Air Productions Inc. – Sound Designer
MaryBeth Gagner – Costume Designer
Robert A. Dunn – Hair and Makeup Designer
Abbee Warmboe – Props Coordinator
Foy – Flying