ANNOUNCING THE FOURTH LEG
ZEALOTES, U/S JUDAS, ASSISTANT
Priest, U/S Annas
U/S Pilate, U/S King herod
U/S Priest, U/S Annas
Singer, Disciple, U/S Mary
Singer, Disciple, U/S Mary
U/S Soul Singer
U/S Soul Singer
Maid by the Fire, Disciple
CAST BIOS AND PICTURES:
is Ted’s bio, augmented from its' appearance in the program for the Jesus
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Benefit on 8/13/06, a far more updated bio than the one listed on the
TED NEELEY (Jesus) created the title role of Jesus of Nazareth in Norman Jewison's motion picture Jesus Christ Superstar (for which he received Golden Globe® nominations for both Best Actor and Best Newcomer). A singer, actor, rock-and-roll drummer, composer and record producer, Neeley appeared as Jesus in both the Broadway and Universal Amphitheatre productions of Jesus Christ Superstar. He performed in the Broadway and Los Angeles companies of Hair (Claude Hooper Bukowski), and created the title roles in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in New York and Tommy in Los Angeles, followed by a national tour of a concert version of Tommy, again in the title role.
His extremely long association with Superstar includes guest starring with original Broadway and motion picture stars Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman in the 1976 Santa Barbara California Youth Theatre Production and in the 1977 Concord Pavilion California Youth Theatre Production, again with his close friend, Carl. In 1992, Ted and Carl, along with Irene Cara (Fame) and Dennis DeYoung (STYX), embarked on a three month tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the motion picture. Within the first 8 weeks the A.D. tour would enjoy amazing success and continue to run for 4 years, becoming the longest running revival in North American theatre history. This incredible fortune allowed Ted the opportunity to reprise his role over 1700 times and created the phenomenon now known as TEDHEADS, currently referred to as: "Ted Family." In 2006 he took to the road once again (possibly for the last time) in Troika Entertainment's current tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (nee: The Farewell Tour). Originally scheduled, again, to only tour for a few months, this tour has performed on the road for the past three years, and is about to embark on its' fourth leg - and year - on 12/21/09 for six more months, with its' first stop in St. Charles, MO.
Mr. Neeley composed music for, and appeared in, Robert Altman’s film A Perfect Couple, and the NBC movies Of Mice and Men and McClaren’s Riders. He was also seen in A Touch of Gold with Ray Charles. Mr. Neeley performed the music for the Tri-Star feature film Blame it on the Night, NBC-TV’s Highway to Heaven and The Big Blue Marble for the Children’s Television Network. He also wrote music for and starred in Cowboy Jack Street at the Mark Taper Forum Lab in Los Angeles.
Ted recently produced, performed in a workshop production and recorded and produced a concept album of a new rock musical entitled Rasputin - Miracles Lie in the Eye of the Beholder, a story about the fall of the Romanov dynasty as seen through the eyes of Alexei, heir to the throne and friend to the "mad monk" (a role created by Mr. Neeley). The musical reunited him with Michael Rapp (music and lyrics), with whom he had previously recorded the hit concept album Ulysses: The Greek Suite. Michael also wrote Ring of Paradise and The Enchanter exclusively to showcase Ted's amazing vocal talents. His most recent non-Superstar appearance was as Lucky in the Rubicon Theatre Company's Waiting For Godot, which was the centerpiece of their BeckettFest in September, 2004.
CAST MEMBERS CORNER!!!
UPDATE 9/28/06: Bruce Pasha, whose son Jeremy plays Annas in this tour, wrote me a really sweet e-mail yesterday evening and sent me some really nice pictures. With his permission, I am posting both his e-mail and the pictures for all to see. ENJOY!
From: Bruce Pasha
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 7:47 PM
Subject: JCS Utica NY
My name is Bruce Pasha. My son Jeremy is playing Annas in the current tour of JCS with Ted. My wife and I went to Utica NY to see the show and we were amazed at how wonderful the show is and how wonderful Ted is. I am attaching a couple of pictures you can post if you wish. The whole cast is fantastic! Thanks for maintaining your JCS website. We have gotten valuable info and enjoyed the reviews. Keep up the good work-and you are right. Ted's hugs are amazing. Got one of several this morning.