General Discussion About JC Superstar
I just wanted to start a thread where people could come in and talk about the show, ask questions, and just basically have a general doscussion about the show itself. I for one am very excited about this production and I know that it is going to be great!
I guess I have a few questions myself about the show. Things like, where can a guy get a copy of the entire musical numbers, does anybody have a copy of the movie itself? How many cast does the show call for? What would get a guy a principal role in the show? (That was a personal question)haha. Just things like that. I am hoping that the right people will find this post and be able to help me out with some of those questions.
Again, I am very excited to be joining act on this adventure, whatever this adventure holds for me. It’s been some time since I have been an active member of ACT and I think it’s only fitting for me to return for a show like this.
Thanks for starting this thread. I hope it will encourage people to join in on the topic. Questions can’t get answered unless they are asked, that’s for sure. I too am excited about this production. Mind you, I’m usually pretty excited about most things ACT get itself into, but this show hopefully will draw in a lot of people who haven’t been active with us yet!
I may be biased, but for me the best example of the show is the original concept album. I say concept album because Andrew Lloyd Webber put it out long before it ever hit the stage. The album features an impressive line-up of rock performers from the late sixties including Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan in the title role. This is not just a recording you get cause you like the show!!!
I have to admit I didn’t particularly like the Norman Jewison’s film, but a lot of folks did and I have even heard it say that it was responsible for putting JC Superstar on the map. Perhaps! Maybe I should take another look at it!!
Hi Eric, Greetings to you in Washington State, USA. Always great when anyone posts to the website. Even more fun when it is from far away.
I am pretty sure our set is still more in the ‘concept’ stage at the moment but I will forward your question to our designers for their input.
So you are mounting about the same time as us. Super. All the best to you. Out of curiousity, when will you folks start into the rehearsal schedule?
Hello Gerry! pleased to “speak” with you. The producer and Director have tentatively scheduled auditions for late August (24-26) but this may get backed up depending on the venue we end up with. Rehearsals are slated for Sept./Oct.
I was reading and saw someone ask about a copy of the movie.
Hello there! Greetings from Carleton Plkace, Ontario!
My name is Andy, and I am (quite possibly) the biggest JCS fan in Ontario.
I’m responding to the first post.
First, any record store should copy at least one copy of any JCS cast album. My personal favourite full cast recording is the 1996 London recording (featuring Alice Cooper as King Herod)
Second, the man playing Jesus needs to have a magnetic personality/stage pressence. A personal bias is get a rock tenor for the role (a classical tenor just doesn’t do it for me). Jesus has a lot of screaming parts, so he neds to have a powerful rock tenor voice.
Third, the 1973 film is available in most, if not all video stores (if a video store DOESN’T have it, they can order it for you.
A great resouce for all things JCS, is the following website:
Hi Andy! Greetings from the Island!!!!
Thanks for participating in this list. I share your bias for a rock tenor as Judas and it is my understanding that is how it has played out for our production.
Yes, Vereen is my favourite Judas. I was raised on the OBC recording as a small child. Thus beginning my love/obsession with JCS. I also adore the late Carl Anderson’s Judas.
Judas and Jesus need to be rock tenors. It is a rock opera, after all. Actually, if I was casting the show, I would go after rock singers. The show is very raw, so the voices need to reflect that.
If I was able to, I’d audition for Judas, Jesus, Annas, or Pilate. I’m able to sing all of them. I have a three octive range.
I have recorded “Gethsemane.” I’m going to put it up on the net in a few months. Hopefully that’ll generate some interest, as I want to do the show for a living.
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