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

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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.

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