REVIEW: “Superstar” cast makes the songs their own

Every single song in this show is being sung in a way you have never heard before. It starts when Evan Tyler Wilson as Judas launches into Heaven on Their Minds, and by the time Adam Sippola’s Jesus sings Poor Jerusalem, it becomes clear this approach is the rule and not the exception in this production. I would bet many an audience member was surprised at what song they were unexpectedly humming on their way home (for me it was Could We Start Again Please? because I was captivated by what Sara Wabrowetz’s Mary Magdalene was doing with the melody on the title phrase).

Photo by Andrew Benusa Photography

Photo by Andrew Benusa Photography

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Dorothy “Dottie” Danner is Back Directing the Rock n’ Roll Opera ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

[This is an excerpt from the original article ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ director boosts Duluth Playhouse production with impressive resume” written by Christa Lawler with the Duluth News Tribune.]

Fact: Jesus Christ Superstar was born as a concept album that toured as an arena show before the theatrical production opened in the early 1970s.

It’s the rock ’n’ roll story of the days leading to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, from the perspective of Judas (played locally by Evan Tyler Wilson). It’s a trickier production than Les Miserables because of its unconventional structure and its origin as an album, director Dorothy Danner said.

Director Dorothy Danner talks to actors during a recent rehearsal of the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (photo by Steve Kucera)

Director Dorothy Danner talks to actors during a recent rehearsal of the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (photo by Steve Kucera)

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Inside Jesus Christ Superstar: It’s Judas’ Story

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar set the world buzzing when it first appeared on vinyl in 1970 and on Broadway in 1971.

Later on, the film’s director Norman Jewison would say, “My hope is that audiences will take this for what it is – an opera, not history. These kids are trying to take Jesus off the stained-glass windows and get him down on the street.”

Judas (right, played by Evan Tyler Wilson) and Apostle Simon/Peter (played by Pascal Pastrana)

Judas (right, played by Evan Tyler Wilson) and Apostle Simon/Peter (played by Pascal Pastrana)

Tim Rice did with this story the same thing that clergy across America do every Sunday morning: remove it from its distant past and foreign culture and give it resonance and relevance to the issues and obstacles we face every day.

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In Time for the Easter Season

Do not miss the gut-wrenching story we all are so familiar with and the tragic figure that is Judas. Follow the last of Jesus’ days as told through Judas’ point of view as he narrates the final days of the man he once considered his savior.

A modern rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar depicts what many thought was the beginning of the end of Jesus Christ, triggered by his follower Judas. Worried about Jesus’s rise to power and his increasing number of followers, Judas is concerned Jesus might pose a threat to powerful entities and is also jealous of his relationship with Mary Magdalene. He is not alone in his worry.

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Coming to see ‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’? Here’s what you need to know!

First of all, where is the Underground?
It is on the east side of the Depot Building. Just follow the yellow line in along the Depot sidewalk, take a right at the sign, and you have arrived! There will also be big visible signs leading you to the Underground entrance.

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Love, Loss and What I Wore Photo-Essay Contest

Every woman knows exactly what she was wearing at every pivotal moment in her life. Love, Loss and What I Wore is a staged-reading format show and is a series of sad, embarrassing, touching and funny monologues from women concerning all matters of their hearts and all matters of their closets.

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So for our photo-essay contest we asked the obvious questions: What piece of clothing has meant the most to you?

Women (and men!) were encouraged to submit a photo and a 200-word essay highlighting a piece of clothing that held a pivotal memory in their life. We received a tremendous response, and now we want to share these stories with you. We’re highlighting each and every entry here, and we hope you feel inspired by them as much as we did!

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Because a Great Show Never Goes Out of Style…

Love, Loss and What I Wore is a collection of stories about prom dresses, shoes, skirts and fitting rooms. Behind these matters of the wardrobe are traumatic, sentimental and comic stories of five women who connect their closet items to memories and moments in their lives that are unforgettable and life changing to them. This play is fun to watch, but also is a thought-provoking piece the Underground theatre is bringing its audience.

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