Now through July 30

Jesus Christ Superstar



Musical Theater Series, Ordway Music Theater

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.

 

Accessible Performances

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Open Captioning

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

Cast

Jesus of Nazareth
Jesse Nager*
Judas Iscariot
Randy Schmeling*
Mary Magdalene
Lauren Villegas*
Pontius Pilate
Dieter Bierbrauer*
King Herod
Erin Schwab*
Simon Zealotes 
Terance Reddick*
Peter
Rudolph Searles III*
Annas
John Brink*
Caiaphas
James Ramlet
Ensemble
Lisa Bartholomew-Given*
Ensemble
Tommy Benson
Ensemble
Rush Benson*
Ensemble
Stephanie Bertumen
Ensemble
Caitlyn Carroll
Ensemble
Kym Chambers Otto*
Ensemble
Julius Collins
Ensemble
Mario Esteb
Ensemble
Timmy Hays*
Ensemble
Ayden Ntsaag Ab Her
Ensemble
Joseph Hitchcock
Ensemble
Patrick Charles Jeffrey
Ensemble
Kayla Jenerson
Ensemble
Gavihn Lee
Ensemble
Brad Madison*
Ensemble
Louise Madison*
Ensemble
Lauren Masiello*
Ensemble 
Cameron Meilicke
Ensemble
Adam Moen*
Ensemble
Wesley Mouri*
Ensemble 
Jorge Quintero
Ensemble 
Kersten Rodau*
Ensemble
Seth Russell
Ensemble
Josephine Turk
Ensemble
Mabel Weismann
Ensemble
Huxley Westemeier
Ensemble
Valerie Wick
Ensemble
Leah Zahner

* Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

Creative Team

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