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Debbie Gravitte, Orfeh, Keala Settle and More Join All-Female JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in Concert; Cast Set!

Producers Morgan James, Richard Amelius and Torya Beard have announced the full cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR in concert.

Joining the cast are Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte as Caiaphas, Tony Award nominee Orfeh as Pontius Pilate, Tony Award nominee Keala Settle as Peter, Bryonha Marie Parham as Annas, Shayna Steele as Simon, Ellyn Marsh, Sydney Morton, Pearl Sun, and Jasmin Walker as Apostles, Crowd, Lepers, etc., and Ann Harada as King Herod. New cast members join the previously announced Morgan James as Jesus Christ, Shoshana Bean as Judas Iscariot, and Alex Newell as Mary Magdalene.

The one-night-only, female-centered concert of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera will be directed by Richard Amelius (Time Between Us, Empty City), with musical direction by Julie McBride (Amazing Grace, Finding Neverland). A cast of 13 singers will perform the complete score, accompanied by an all-female band.

"Jesus Christ Superstar has always been one of my favorite shows, favorite scores; and I always wanted to know what it would be like to hear my favorite voices sing those roles. In fact, I had a dream about it and woke up desperate to make it happen," Morgan James said.

Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert featuring Morgan James and Shoshana Bean, Monday, January 16, 2017, at 8:00PM (doors open at 6:00PM). Tickets: General Admission $30 in advance, $40 at the door, VIP $50. Tickets may be purchased online, at the Highline box office, online at ticketweb.com or via phone: 866.468.7619. Highline Ballroom is located at 431 West 16th Street between 9th Avenue and 10th Avenue.

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent '60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.



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