Aaron C. Finley, Aleks Pevec and Brennyn Lark to Lead North Carolina Theatre's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

North Carolina Theatre, the region's premiere nonprofit professional regional theatre, is proud to announce casting for the upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing this Easter, April 11-16 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

A global phenomenon, Jesus Christ Superstar, changed the face of musical theatre when it debuted on Broadway in 1971. A retelling of the last days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas, this powerful musical, filled with emotional intensity and explosive theatricality, features memorable songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title song.

Aaron C. Finley and Aleks Pevec make their North Carolina Theatre debuts as "Judas Iscariot" and "Jesus of Nazareth." Finley most recently starred on Broadway as "Charlie Price" in Kinky Boots. Before Kinky Boots, Finley performed in Broadway's Rock of Ages and It Shoulda Been You. Pevec was recently featured in Something Rotten on Broadway, with other Broadway credits including Aladdin and Evita.

Jesus Christ Superstar also features Brennyn Lark as "Mary Magdalene." Lark most recently made her Broadway debut as "Eponine" in the revival of LES MISERABLES at the Imperial Theatre. Other credits include numerous New York and regional theatre performances including the title role in Aida, "Michele" in Dreamgirls and "Asaka" in Once on This Island.

The cast is rounded out by Larry Alan Coke as "Caiaphas," who also played the role in both the North American and European tours, Kevin Earley as "Pontius Pilate," Joshua Morgan as "King Herod" and Rob Morrison as "Annas."

Among the ensemble in roles ranging from apostles to guards to priests are Raja Burrows, Hugh Cha, Nick DeVito (North Carolina Theatre Conservatory alumnus), Stephen Hernandez, Valton Jackson, Kelsey Orem, Terance Reddick, Carlita Victoria, Emily Thomas Wells, Jimmie Lee Brooks III, Leilani Carr (North Carolina Theatre Conservatory student), Kalyse Connor (North Carolina Theatre Conservatory student), Jurä Davis, Jodie Evans, Melvin Gray Jr., Chelsea Langevin, John Langley, Destiny Diamond McNeill, Gerard M. Williams.

Native North Carolinian, Eric Woodall, will return to North Carolina Theatre to direct Jesus Christ Superstar. Most recently Woodall directed West Side Story at Casa Manana in Fort Worth, TX. Other directing credits include North Carolina Theatre's productions of Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Driving Miss Daisy andSteel Magnolias. Additionally, Woodall has served as resident director of Mamma Mia! on Broadway.

"We are extremely excited about the beautifully diverse cast we were able to assemble," said Woodall. "Jesus Christ Superstar is always an epic and inspiring production, and we hope audiences are going to be awed by the beauty and talent that this cast brings to the North Carolina Theatre stage."

Jesus Christ Superstar will open on April 11 and will run through Easter Sunday, April 16, at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets visit nctheatre.com or call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

About North Carolina Theatre

Established in 1984, North Carolina Theatre is Raleigh's premier, non-profit professional regional theatre. With its successful formula of producing top quality musicals with top national performers and local talent, North Carolina Theatre has been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Raleigh over the years. Through its conservatory, it has provided exceptional arts training to hundreds of local youth. By offering broad access to live theatre, while strengthening economic growth, the organization continues to fortify the cultural vitality of the region.

For groups of 10 or more, call 919-831-6941 x6949. Coming up in our 2016/2017 season: MATILDA THE MUSICAL, May 23-28; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, July 25-30.

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