Jesus Christ Superstar can be controversial at the best of times but a bold new production brings a whole new look to the classic musical
Phoenix Ensemble are hoping to cause a stir when they raise the curtains on their version of
Jesus Christ Superstar tomorrow tonight.
While the classic rock opera is known to spark debate over its interpretation of the gospels, director Morgan Garrity says their twist on the production takes things one step further.
Morgan says Phoenix are delivering an original version based on the Gospel of Barnabas – itself a controversial and much-debated text.
“This gospel is largely untold in general, and only recently available to the wider public,” she says.
“Is it controversial? Yes, definitely, but I’m hoping people will appreciate the fresh take on the old classic.”
The 1970 rock opera features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice and includes muchloved hits Everything’s Al
right and I Don’t Know How To Love Him.
The Beenleigh production stars Adam Bartlett as Jesus, Frog Johnson as Judas and Ashley Jarman as Mary alongside Michael Skelton, Doug Rumble, Carly Quinn, Tyjana Wormleaton, Lachlan Dalby, Eva Bartlett, Darcy Morris, Kate Davis, Ranni McQuade, Aliyah Booth, Simon Ah-Him, Sabrina Mariott, Nicola Craw- ford and Pete Keavy. Morgan says she was drawn to Jesus Christ Superstar because of the great music and its potential for broader interpretation.
She says her 17-strong cast are “fully committed” to the production’s non-traditional approach. “I haven’t seen this level of joy in a cast for a long time,” she says. “The cohesion among the group is outstanding.”
Morgan says audiences can expect a “very edgy, high energy show with some major twists”.
Jesus Christ Superstar, Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, tomorrow night to November 22.
JCS stars Adam Bartlett, Frog Johnso and Ashley Jarman.