JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Ted Neeley Takes Little Big Band on Tour, Beg. Oct 2012
Ted Neeley, star of both the 1973 classic film and various Broadway touring versions of Jesus Christ Superstar returns to the road, this time without the robe. Fronting his five piece Little Big Band, Ted returns to his Texas roots and his first love as a "singer in a rock and roll band". Ted will debut new music with the group, which includes Kim Norton, a stellar guitarist who has provided Ted with an underscore of searing riffs on more than 1,000 performances of Superstar, and bassist James Webb, son of famed songwriter Jimmy Webb, and co-founder of the popular Webb Brothers Band.
The new show also features stories and musical material from his career as a rock opera pioneer, including selections from Tommy, Hair, Sgt. Pepper's, and of course, Jesus Christ Superstar. Ted also opens the vault of images and unseen footage from his personal archives, including interviews with Directors Norman Jewison and Tom O'Horgan, Tommy Smothers, Dennis DeYoung, and many others. Certain cities will feature old friends and fellow performers joining Ted onstage.
The tour opens with a special tribute to the late, great Carl Anderson, Judas to Ted's Jesus in the film and on several tours. The first show is in the auditorium of Carl's high school in Lynchburg, VA, the very stage upon which he debuted as a youth. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the music program of the school.
The tour visits 19 cities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic in October and November, and will move to other regions of the US and Canada beginning in January 2013.
For tour schedule and more information, visit www.neeleytour.com.