JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
ROME - APRIL-MAY, 2014
VERONA - JUNE 1, 2014
VERONA - SEPT.-OCT., 2014
ITALIAN TOUR THROUGH JAN., 2015
PROPOSED EUROPEAN TOUR - 5/25/15 - 5/31/16
ITALY/NETHERLANDS TOUR - 9/4/15 - 1/31/16
NETHERLANDS TOUR - 12/14/16 - 1/15/17
ROME - 2-11-17 - 4/23/17
THE NETHERLANDS - ROTTERDAM - 5/5-7/17
THE NETHERLANDS TOUR WEBSITE IS HERE
JCS 2016-2017 NETHERLANDS TOUR - ITINERARY
18. May 5-7, 2017
3084 BA Rotterdam
17. April 12-23, 2017
Via Sistina, 129
16. April 8-9, 2017
39 080.521 0877-080.5241504
15. April 4-5, 2017
Piazza XV Marzo
87100 Cosenza CS
39 0984 813227
14. April 1-2, 2017
83100 Avellino AV
13. March 29-30, 2017
Corso Italia, 219
80067 Sorrento NA
39 08 18781470
12. March 23-26, 2017
Via Sant'Euplio 21
95124 Catania CT
11. March 17-19, 2017
Via Madama Cristina , 71
011 6698034 - 011 6505195
10. March 14-15, 2017
Via S. Giulio
21012 Cassano Magnago VA
9. March 10-12, 2017
Via Nicolò Bacigalupo, 2
39 010 8311456
8. March 8, 2017
Teatro Mario Appollonio de Varese
39 0332 247897
7. February 16-26, 2017
Teatro della Luna
Via G. Di Vittorio, 6
20090 Milano Assago
39 02 48857.333
6. February 11-12, 2017
Teatro Auditorium Santo Chiara
Via S. Croce,67
Partita IVA 01271950229
5. January 31-February 5, 2017
1078 GZ Amsterda.
The Netherlands [map]
BEL 0900 5222 797
4. January 18-29, 2017
Leonard Springerlaan 11a
9727 KB Groningen
BEL 050 5222 797
3. January 11-15, 2017
2000 Antwerpen (BE)
2. December 20, 2016 - January 8, 2017
World Forum Theatre
2517 JW Den Haag
1. December 14-17, 2016
Heineken Music Hall
ArenA Boulevard 590
1101 DS Amsterdam
Ted posted this link on tedneeley.com to the tour dates below:
JCS 2015-2016 ITALY/EUROPE TOUR - ITINERARY
(TRANSLATION OF ABOVE:
Ted Neeley is known for his vocal range and his role in the 1973 film Jesus Christ Superstar. He
understudied Jesus in the Broadway cast, and olayed the title role of Jesus Christ in Los Angeles. He
has written a column for AVROTROS this week!)
BREAKING NEWS!!! TED AND THE JCS CAST WILL BE AT THE UITMARKT IN AMSTERDAM ON AUGUST 30!!!
UPDATE 8/27/15 - TED'S FACEBOOK PAGE
AMSTERDAM!! This Sunday August 30th Ted and the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar will be performing LIVE during the Musical Sing-A-Long at Uitmarkt Amsterdam 2015! The show will be broadcast live on NPO1 at 21:20! See you there!!
BREAKING NEWS!!! TED RETURNS TO ITALY ON SEPTEMBER 4!!!
UPDATE 8/27/15 - TED NEELEY.COM AND TED'S FACEBOOK PAGE
Ted Neeley returns to Italy for a single Jesus Christ Superstar performance in Macerata, followed by a JCS Italy Tour kicking off in October!
Click here for general admission tickets.
BREAKING NEWS!!! TED WILL RETURN TO MILAN, ITALY IN JUNE, 2015 FOR THE EXPO, AND TO PADOVA IN OCTOBER, 2015!!!
Jesus Christ Superstar è ormai passato alla storia come uno dei Musical più famosi e amati di tutti i tempi, nel mondo intero. La versione italiana in lingua originale firmata da Massimo Romeo Piparo in 21 anni vanta ormai numerosi record, 11 anni in cartellone in Italia, oltre 1.500.000 spettatori, più di 120 artisti che si sono alternati nel cast, e più di 1.200 rappresentazioni. La chiave del grande successo sta nell’ottimale combinazione fra la musica rock, il musical e una grande storia immortale.
In scena con Ted Neeley, nomi affermati del Musical italiano come Feysal Bonciani nel ruolo di Giuda, Simona Distefano (Maria Maddalena), Emiliano Geppetti (Pilato), Paride Acacia (Hannas), Francesco Mastroianni (Caifa), Salvador Axel Torrisi (Erode), Claudio Compagno (Simone), Francesco Italiani (Pietro).
Sul palco anche l’Orchestra dal vivo di 12 elementi diretta dal Maestro Emanuele Friello, l’ensemble di 24 tra acrobati, trampolieri, mangiafuoco e ballerini coreografati da Roberto Croce, le scenografie di Giancarlo Muselli elaborate da Teresa Caruso e i costumi di Cecilia Betona.
Per l’appuntamento di EXPO 2015 torna a Milano lo spettacolo che nella stagione ha ottenuto il più importante successo di pubblico e critica degli ultimi anni. Un evento per la città e per il suo pubblico internazionale con un protagonista d’eccezione conosciuto in tutto il mondo nel ruolo del titolo: Ted Neeley, colui che diede un’impronta mitica e indelebile al ruolo di Gesù nello storico film di Norman Jewison del 1973. L’appuntamento di EXPO 2015 sarà la giusta cornice per un musical di livello internazionale, eseguito con orchestra dal vivo in lingua originale inglese. Inoltre, nel mese di ottobre, questo grande musical approderà al Gran Teatro Geox di Padova per 2 incredibili date!
Dal 5 al 28 giugno Milano, Teatro Nuovo
23 e 24 ottobre Padova, Gran Teatro Geox
Jesus Christ Superstar, the masterpiece of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is now known to history as one of the most famous and beloved musical of all time, worldwide. The Italian production, originally directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo 21 years ago, played in Italian theaters from 1995 to 2006, with more than 1.1 million audience members, more than 120 artists appearing in the cast, and more than 1,200 performances. The key to its success is its perfect combination of rock music, and a great, immortal story.
On stage with Ted Neeley, are Italian musical theatre stars, including Feisal Bonciani (Judas), Simona Distefano (Mary Magdelene), Emiliano Geppetti (Pilate), Paride Acacia (Annas), Francesco Mastroianni (Caiaphas), Salvador Axel Tornsi (Herod), Claudio Compagno (Simone), and Italian Francesco (Peter).
Also on stage will be a live 12-piece orchesra live 12 items, conducted by Emanuele Friello, and an ensemble of 24 between acrobats, stilt walkers, fire eaters and dancers choreographed by Roberto Croce. The set was design by Giancarlo Muselli and built by Teresa Caruso, and the costumes were designed by Cecilia Betona.
Last season, the show achieved the most important success with audiences and critics in recent years. It returns as part of EXPO 2015 in Milan, an event for the city and for its international audience, with worldwidely-known, exceptional actor Ted Neeley, who achieved a mythical and indelible imprint mythical in the role of Jesus in Norman Jewison's historic 1973 film. EXPO 2015 will be the perfect setting for this world-class musical, performed with live orchestra in the original English language. And, in October, this great musical will arrive at the Gran Teatro Geox in Padova for 2 incredible dates!
YOU CAN ALSO PURCHASE TICKETS HERE!!!
"That standing ovation to Jesus in the middle of the show tells of a unique event."
Corriere della Sera
"Ted Neeley perfect Jesus Rock Superstar".
"On the evening of the first two standing ovation."
- See more at: http://www.granteatrogeox.com/biglietti-jesus-christ-superstar-padova/#sthash.ED2SiDl6.dpuf
BREAKING NEWS!!! EUROPEAN TOUR AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED ON MUSICAL.IT AND ON THE PEEP ARROW FACEBOOK SITE:
NOTICE OF AUDITION FOR PRODUCTION 2015/2016
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
March 15 / May 31, 2015 with possible extension until June 28
Rehearsals mandatory from October 2015 to March 2016
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
XX ANNIVERSARY 1994-2014
SPECIAL GUEST TED "JESUS" NEELEY
May 25, 2015 / May 31, 2016 with availability for further European tour dates
The auditions will be held at the I.A.S.S. Via Cesare Fracassini, 60 - 00196 Rome
MONDAY 'December 22
(eventual callbacks in January, 2015)
22 MALE PERFORMERS - ANY AGE OR ETHNICITY
18 FEMALE PERFORMERS - ANY AGE OR ETHNICITY
6 CHILD PERFORMERS OF APPARENT AGE 11 YEARS
4 CHILD PERFORMERS OF APPARENT AGE 11 YEARS
SOLID EXPERIENCE IN CLASSICAL BALLET; ACROBATIC ABILITY;
ABILITY IN TAP DANCE (FOR BILLY ELLIOT)
GREAT SINGING ABILITY;
MASTERY OF ACTING AND STAGE PRESENCE;
EXCELLENT ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION (FOR JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR).
The audition is aimed at creating an ensemble.
The auditions can last for several days and continue through the first half of January, 2015.
- 8:30 Registration for men;
- 9:30 Start auditions men;
- 1:30 Registration for women.
- 2:00 Start auditions women.
SEEKING THE FOLLOWING ROLES
2 SWING man / woman
(suitable to play each role)
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
8 ENSEMBLE WOMEN
12 ENSEMBLE MEN
(including 2 "cover" roles)
FIND SONGS SUGGESTED TO SHOW SINGING ABILITY HERE:
ALL CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE:
1. ONE FACE AND ONE FULL FIGURE HEADSHOT
2. RESUME - MAXIMUM LENGTH ONE PAGE
(first name, last name, date of birth, address, telephone number / email, training, professional experience)
Candidates who are not present, according to detailed requests, cannot take part in the audition.
No appointments are required, but you should expect to stay for the entire period.
Send specific time requests via email with your name and telephone number to email@example.com
Candidates will be seen in order of arrival, all auditionees will receive an identification number to establish their order of arrival for the audition.
Check-in is available on the day of the audition for an hour before and up to 2 hours after the start of the audition.
1. Auditions are free.
2. Candidates sending audition requests by e-mail will not receive appointment confirmations.
3. Actors will be seen in order of arrival. Anyone arriving after close of check-in and number distribution will not be allowed to audition.
4. You must be present in order to audition. Anyone accompanying an auditionee will be asked to leave.
5. No alternate audition dates are available.
6. Auditionees must be 18 years old by the date of the audition.
7. Headshots and resumes will not be returned.
8. Actors who are singing may bring an accompanist.
9. No microphones are available for the audition.
10. Actors will be contacted by the telephone listed on their resume form only if cast, within one month of the start of rehearsals.
Bando www.musical.it - downloaded from the website of the Italian musical.
UPDATE 9/4/14 - TED'S FACEBOOK PAGE
HERE IS THE ENTIRE CURRENT SCHEDULE ONLINE, AS POSTED HERE ON TICKETONE.IT, HERE ON MUSICAL.IT, AND HERE ON TEATRO.IT. CHECK WITH YOUR THEATRES FOR EXACT DATES AND TIMES AND CAST APPEARING, AS EVERYTHING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME.
JCS ITALIAN TOUR - ITINERARY
ROME AND VERONA, ITALY
NEW JCS ITALY WEBSITE NOW ONLINE HERE!!!
BREAKING NEWS!!! Yvonne and Barry say goodbye!!! Ted will still be in Rome until February, but Yvonne and Barry are going back home. Here is their final goodbye message - which Ted published on YouTube November 9...:
A special message from Ted Neeley, Barry Dennen and Yvonne Elliman to the fans backstage after their final show together of the 2014-2015 "Jesus Christ Superstar" Reunion Tour in Italy, at Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy, November 2, 2014.
...and you can click on the picture of them below to watch the video Ted shared on his Facebook page on Monday, 11/3/14!!!
BREAKING NEWS!!! JCS may conquer London and Europe next - as an official ALW Tour - and now Tim Rice has finally seen the show!!!
"Jesus Christ Superstar" , this evening in Milan between viewers Tim Rice ,
three-time Academy Award
TIM RICE - JCSMilano - This evening the Arcimboldi in Milan, among spettatorie of "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Massimo Romeo Piparo, there will be Tim Rice, the famous
author - along with Andrew Lloyd Webber - the historic soundtrack of "Jesus Christ Superstar."
The ecccezionale spectator, will arrive today in Milan directly from London to attend the
performance of the Musical signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, to whom we owe the " reunion" of
the original cast of the film, 41 years after the great success of the film by Norman Jewison.
Tim Rice, three-time Academy Award winner for "Best Song", may well embrace Ted Neeley
(Jesus),Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene) and Barry Dennen (Pilate), the protagonists of what
is universally recognized as the greatest work rock of all time.
For Massimo Romeo Piparo from 2013 artistic director of the Teatro Sistina in Rome, this
visit is a real consecration, which reinforces the belief even more, for fans of this
genre, to be in attendance as well as a playwright, also of a manufacturer of the most
successful musicals in recent years. Will its Greek heritage to give so much verve in the
"Jesus Christ Superstar", this year celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first edition
of the Italian Musical. A successful, you rinnovatutte night with endless standing ovation
Sebastian Di Mauro
October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The Oscar winner Tim Rice tonight in Milan for "Jesus Christ Superstar " by Massimo Romeo Piparo.
Tim Rice, the famous author - along with Andrew Lloyd Webber - the historic soundtrack of
"Jesus Christ Superstar", will arrive today in Milan directly from London to attend the
extraordinary representation of Musical signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, to which we owe
the exceptional "reunion" of the original cast of the film, 41 years after the great success
of the film by Norman Jewison.
Three-time Academy Award winner for "Best Song", Tim Rice may well embrace Ted Neeley
(Jesus), Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene) and Barry Dennen (Pilate), the protagonists of
what is universally recognized as the greatest rock opera of all time.
An honor and a real dedication to the Italian director as well as writer and producer of
the most successful musicals in recent years. Massimo Romeo Piparo from 2013 artistic
director of the Teatro Sistina in Rome is celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of
the first edition of the Italian Musical. An unprecedented success, which renews itself
every night with endless standing ovation and applause.
Posted by TG and musical theater at 06:45
Labels: Barry Dennen, Jesus Christ Superstar, Massimo Romeo Piparo, Ted Neeley, Tim Rice, Yvonne Elliman
A Jesus Christ by " Oscar " on stage Arcimboldi
He made his debut on the famous show Piparo chosen by the author Andrew Lloyd Webber
A great cast and orchestra of 12 elements
Ferruccio Gattuso - Thu, 16/10/2014 - 07:00
A twenty year full of history and stories. That's why the " Jesus Christ Superstar " by
Massimo Romeo Piparo - arriving at the Teatro degli Arcimboldi from October 16 to November 2
(21 hours, 69/29 euro entrance, info 02.54.66.367.) - Is back on the stage in an edition
that will make your eyes pop, fans to this work as well as to fans of musicals. And the
simple fact that it defines as the " Jesus of Piparo " - is a certificate of value delivered
primarily by the public and, as a result, even from a "certain" Andrew Lloyd Webber. Yes
because the news of recent days is that the Sicilian director, after years of observation
under the lens of the legendary author of " Jesus Christ Superstar " and works such as
"Evita," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Cats" has been commissioned that says it all.
"Webber," explains Piparo "has informed us that in the near future, Jesus will be our
Member of the international tour. It will be the only official international tour, all other installations will be cleared. After a few disappointments here and there in the
world, Webber me, so to speak, given the stars won on the field: he took me under his wing.
It is the recognition of a work that, in our set-up, has radically changed the musical scene in Italy." The 2014 edition of JCS is really special because it features three main
characters in the cast of the historical film version directed by Norman Jewison in 1973 after bringing in Italy during the Jubilee Year 2000, the Judas of the original film, Carl
Anderson, Piparo is therefore able to drop a set of aces composed by Ted Neeley, Yvonne Elliman and Barry Dennen, respectively Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Pilate of the aforementioned
After the standing ovation the Sistine Chapel in Rome and at the Arena di Verona, "Jesus,"
then landed the Arcimboldi in the package now rodatissima: In addition to the protagonists of the rock opera, a live orchestra of 12 elements conducted by Emanuele Friello, an ensemble between 24 acrobats, stilt walkers, fire eaters and dancers choreographed by Roberto Croce,
the sets of Giancarlo Muselli processed by Teresa Caruso, costumes by Cecilia Betona. And the
figures do not stop there, because there are eleven years in a row on the bill in Italian
theaters, more than a million spectators gathered, with more than 1,000 performances in 84
Italian cities. Of the three stars on the bill, Piparo explains, "Dennen was crucial in the
history of this musical, Yvonne Elliman was missing from the scene for 10 years and just came back for us, Ted is with us for several months."
Jesus Christ Superstar at the Sistine Chapel with the cast of the film
Piparo: interest from London, talking about European tour in 2015
From left, Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene), Ted Neeley (Jesus), Barry Dennen (Pilate), during the photocall at the Teatro Sistina of the show Jesus Christ Superstar (Photo: Reuters)
And here are the other pictures with the article:
Jesus Christ Superstar at the Sistina, the reunion after 40 years /
After 41 years, the protagonists of the musical par excellence, Jesus Christ Superstar (Gallery), return to play together. A 'magic' behind which a director tenacious and determined, Massimo Romeo Piparo, current director of the Teatro Sistina, where the reunion between Ted Neeley (already at his side in the previous editions), Yvonne Elliman and Barry Dennen will debut on September 19th for remain on the scene until the 28th of the month. Second stage of the Arena di Verona on October 12, where "the structure of the show will be the same but - Piparo said today at a press conference - certainly 'risen', three stories high, for example, instead of two as in the Sistine Chapel, and where will be the author Tim Rice. "
"Finally - Piparo satisfied smiles - from London have recognized the strength of our choice," that is, to leave themselves as interpreters of the cast of the 1973 film "To the authors, first, Jesus had to be 30 years old. Currently, however, they seem to have recognized the validity of our vision. This - still observed - shows that in the theater nor the securities nor the actors have aged. Only what is transmitted counts. Tim Rice is, therefore, coming to Verona to see if the show can be exported. Neeley, Dennen and Elliman - announced - are already available to a European tour with the Italian production. If it goes through, it starts at the end of 2015.". Meanwhile, just a few hours before the performance of the three actors who return to work together at a distance of more than eight decades. "We are very excited - they say in unison - and we look forward to being on stage."
The work, highlights Piparo, "though he was known to all, never fails to excite and always finds hints of current affairs and news. One among all the message of peace that has ever launched, both in the 70s, years of war Vietnam, which later saw that, unfortunately, wars are not over in the meantime. And, in fact, I had always update images of the 39 martyrs that flow, from the Holocaust to the present, during the 39 lashes. during 2001 we finished the show with the image of the Twin Towers which is now relegated to the thirtieth position. Unfortunately, the message of redemption of humanity does not come to fruition yet, and perhaps will make Jesus Christ Superstar forever. "
Ted Neeley (Jesus), Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene) and Barry Dennen (Pilate) are back together in Jesus Christ Superstar 40 years after the historic film by Norman Jewison...
The stars of the original blockbuster will be on stage at the Teatro Sistina in Rome in the first national September 19 and October 12 at the Arena di Verona.
The event celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Italian edition of the musical directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo.
A memorable edition, which declared Jesus Christ Superstar theatrical event of the year, with 50,000 spectators in two months, endless standing ovations and applause at every performance.
The show will be staged at the Teatro Sistina in Rome until 28 September and then at the Arena di Verona on October 12.
After being staged for the first time in Europe, Ted Neeley, the Jesus of the film, Max Romeo Piparo, director and producer with his Peep Arrow Entertainment of many musicals in recent years, as well as artistic director of the Teatro Sistina, was able to reunite the original cast of the film alongside Neeley, in fact, the other two extraordinary actors, Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene) and Barry Dennen (Pilate).
An event not to be missed for all the fans of the greatest rock opera of all time. Piparo directed on the stages Italian also another star of the film on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Holy Year 2000, in fact, the black Judas Carl Anderson, who died in 2004, played the role of Judas for two seasons of triumphs.
Jesus Christ Superstar: appointment to the next season
Sunday, June 22, at the end of the last replication program in the Sistine Chapel in "Jesus Christ Superstar", Massimo Romeo Piparo, director and artistic director of the historic Roman theater, organized a toast to celebrate the great Ted Neeley and the entire cast of this incredible edition of the musical, a resounding success with audiences and critics.
A show acclaimed by the viewers every night with repeated standing ovations and applause, so much so that foreign tourists have elected the Sistine "Broadway Italian".
After two months of planning, 50 thousand viewers, 2 million of collection, Jesus Christ Superstar will still be staged at the Sistine September and then tour in other Italian cities, including Verona for the highly anticipated Celebration Day scheduled at the Arena on Sunday 12th October.
A stunning replica that will be represented at sunset for which 3 thousand tickets have already been sold. And last night, as every night from April 18, with an average of four people per night, a large number of fans and spectators flocked to Via Sistina until 5 in the morning to meet with Ted Neeley, who at the end of the show dedicated to individually but its all in all, photos, autographs, and an exclusive meeting.
Thanks to Alessandra Terrini and Jay Mantis on YouTube:
Ted Neeley Live at Arena Di Verona 2014
The information on this page has, mostly, been pre-posted by Ted Neeley and Team Neeley on Ted's Facebook Page and Tour Site, as well as the Peep Arrow Website, Peep Arrow Facebook Page, and the Teatro Sistina YouTube Channel and everything has been credited here as such. This page is another page I have put up for everyone to find the information and links that Ted has already generously shared with all of us in cyberspace. Some of the articles here are in Italian, and would like to thank Bobbie Starna Potter, my newest 'web friend' and fellow 'Ted enthusiast' for explaining the mysteries of 'Google Translate', as well as spending valuable time translating some of these articles herself, so that we, who don't read Italian, can get the gist of them here. ENJOY!!!
THE MAIN WEBSITE FOR PEEP ARROW, THE PRODUCTION COMPANY FOR THIS TOUR IS HERE .
PEEP ARROW'S JCS FACEBOOK PAGE IS HERE.
TEATRO SISTINA'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL IS HERE.
THE SHOW OPENED APRIL 18, 2014
AT THIS TIME, JCS IS SCHEDULED TO RUN AT IL SISTINA THROUGH MAY 31, 2014, THEN ON JUNE 1ST TED WILL BE IN VERONA TO SING "GETHSEMANE - I ONLY WANT TO SAY". TED WILL THEN APPEAR ONE MORE TIME IN VERONA ON OCTOBER 12, 2014 - WITH THE ENTIRE JCS CAST. OF COURSE, AS ALWAYS, PLANS/APPEARANCES/PERFORMANCES/ETAL ARE ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
BELOW ARE FACEBOOK SHARES / PICTURES / ARTICLES / AND VIDEO FROM THE SHOW - ALL FROM THE PAGES I'VE LISTED/CREDITED ABOVE.. ENJOY!!!
FROM YOUTUBE AND TEATRO SISTINA - OPENING NIGHT PRESHOW/ PERFORMANCE/ POST SHOW HIGHLIGHTS!!! YOUTUBE LINK IS HERE
Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Teatro Sistina. Jesus Christ Superstar twentieth anniversary in Italy. The backstage of the first. great success and more than a standing ovation for Ted Neeley and the entire cast of the show staged by Massimo Romeo Piparo.
(Translation by Google Translate)
AND A 2ND YOUTUBE HIGHLIGHT REEL, WHICH YOU CAN ALSO WATCH HERE.
FROM YOUTUBE AND JAY MANTIS
TED NEELEY - GETHSEMANE (ROME, ITALY 20.04.2014)
FROM YOUTUBE AND PAOLO ANSALI
FROM YOUTUBE AND GIORGIO BULGARELLI
Looks like a LOT of "Italian Hollywood Royalty" came to the opening!
Bobbie Starna Potter TRANSLATION TO ENGLISH:
Review Jesus Christ Superstar at the Sistine Chapel: a legendary Ted Neeley
Jesus Christ Superstar to review SistinaUna series of standing - ovation and roars of hands at the Teatro Sistina on the evening of Good Friday, April 18, 2014, for the first of Jesus Christ Superstar. The audience hot and conquered by the cast before the lift of the curtain: how to cloaks and coats do not know if they had taken to assist Italian edition celebrating the twentieth anniversary of one of the most beloved musicals of Broadway, or if they had dropped the steps of the house to dispense with admiration groupies heroes on stage. A soul that animates authentic rock musical written by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber since the seventies: a spirit fitted to perfection by exceptional interpreters who dropped the load to be ninety on a show absurdly contemporary .
Ted Neeley has walked on water. And not only in the literal sense, when the moving walkway in a minimalist setting but the successful launched into space, to the public, but throughout the show. It's been eaten from the room, every word a standing ovation . They were waiting for Christ "original", what, especially for Italians that before at the theater, Jesus Christ Superstar have appreciated on the big screen, was the Jesus film of the widely Norman Jewison film. A not insignificant burden on the shoulders of the American actor, however, led admirably: Neeley confirms the rule that the presence and mastery of the stage does not depend on the height, but the ability to draw the audience into the emotional notes higher.
A score of many voices, which could Neeley chicane due to the presence of interpreters also exceptional. Shel Shapiro led the guise of Caiaphas, Simona Molinari those of Mary Magdalene, the historical Jesus was Italian Paride Acacia Hannas, Emiliano Geppetti dressed Simon, while the role that acts as a key to reading the whole story, that of Judas, is Feisal was played by newcomer BONCIANI, invested by the Neeley 's role, and good teacher of the dances of the evening. Special mention to Paolo Bruni, aka Pau, who undressed the role of lead singer for getting Pontius Pilate, sunglasses and loud voice, he's washed his hands of his Negrita, to play, however, as in the best their performances throughout the evening . They returned to Webber's musical soul rock concert that made him famous: the band on stage for the benefit of the public at every turn of the mobile platform, the spectators in the stands to wait for the guitar riffs.
Review Jesus Christ Superstar at the Sistina
Massimo Romeo Piparo, director of the edition, reported on stage postmodern aesthetic in all its glory, with minimal ambience and surreal at the same time . Accrobati and fire-breathing climbing up and down the staircase. The video wall to ceiling to shoot biblical references and grainy images in full eighties style. The entrance from the shoulders of the public of Judah now dead, dressed in white, in a self-brackets, it launches in the present, to ask Jesus if the screen images of the many baseness of humanity they did change his mind about his sacrifice. All elements of the post-modern enclosed in a musical in his speech last week before the crucifixion of Jesus, reflect on the present, questions the power of the media and the communication value which since ancient times has been the history of Christ on the cross.
Jesus Christ Superstar is more than any other musical rock and yoked to his nature a slave to the power of its performers. Time until June 1, 2014 in order to appreciate again the strength of a Ted Neeley that after forty years in the film that made him famous, still knows the difference.
Bobbie Starna Potter TRANSLATION TO ENGLISH: On April 18, 2014 will be a date to remember for the Italian theater. A Good Friday which will remain engraved in the hearts of many, especially of the participants before a big event on the stage of the Sistine Chapel in Rome: Jesus Christ Superstar.
For the twentieth anniversary of the show, in fact, Max Romeo Piparo was able to bring Jesus to the scene of the extraordinary 1973 film directed by Norman Jewison, the great Ted Neeley that, despite the seventy springs, did vibrate around the packed theater with the his powerful voice and sharp, not at all affected by the years.
A sort of springboard extensible allowed the plaintiff to reach the heads of the lucky ones sitting in poltronissima in the first file and the time it was really impressive. Performing the song I only want to say (Gethsemane), Neeley has brought the public to images of the unforgettable film that does not feel the weight of forty-one years, when in fact the actor was climbing down the mountain of white rock questioning God on the way of his impending death. Chills pure as the opening of the curtain , when , at the mention of the soundtrack, his hands began to heat up, applauding many times in all the performances of the actors and the orchestra of twelve elements headed by Negrita , who with guitars Drigo and Cesare "Mac," they thrilled the audience warm under the direction of Maestro Emmanuel Friello.
The frontman of the beloved rock band Pau has given rise to a rather interesting Pilate, while Simona Molinari gave himself body and soul to Mary Magdalene with a powerful voice that can caress the whole work as well as the face of Jesus, humble and still fascinating. For the role of the villain Caiaphas was chosen another energetic septuagenarian, or Shel Shapiro, the former leader of the Rokes, whose accent is often lost , however, especially when compared with Paride Acacia, who plays Hannas , after years in the role of the Messiah in previous representations and with whom he duets often during the show.
Emiliano Geppetti also in great shape; gone are the days of his Lumière Beauty and the Beast, the actor shakes his Tuscan here Simon, the faithful apostle of Jesus, who was also collecting a standing ovation after his solo.
Another amazing surprise is represented by first- Feisal BONCIANI in the difficult role of Judas in the film played by regret Carl Anderson, who resembles the physical. There is a lot of emotion in his voice, that of the rest of Iscariot is a key role and the energy of the whole character is returned in this first memorable. Bonciani moves on and off stage divinely , reaching even the foyer of the theater to regain the audience then just singing Jesus Christ Superstar.
The dance involves choreographed by Roberto Croce and hippie costumes, unique and attention to details by Cecilia Betona, and blends well between acrobatics, stilt walkers and fire eaters. Herod is definitely the character above the rows of the entire representation; with his work on the stage exits the biblical context for entering a world characterized by imaginative carnival masks, objectionable, as well as the writings superimposed on a digital screen, on which you can read some verses of the Gospel. These alternate with some photos as filling a crucial stage design, made of terraces and revolving columns, not all that effective.
Interesting idea to alternate instead of the thirty-nine lashes received by Christ in his most powerful images of other atrocities experienced by man from the concentration camps to the attack on the Twin Towers, not to mention the murderers of the Mafia and violence against women. Several tragedies symbol enclosed in a single work, to reflect even where you want to do the show.
The final explosive atmosphere created by the concert. All present stood applauded the varied cast, supported by this Jesus small in stature compared to the other players, but an immensity of unprecedented, involving the director and director Piparo in the huge crowd of festive greetings. A feast that continues over Easter.
Bobbie Starna Potter TRANSLATION TO ENGLISH:
Wednesday, April 23 , 2014
Jesus Christ Superstar
Talk Ted Neeley , the protagonist of the 1973 movie now on Italy for the stage version of the musical
Today, April 16, 2014
Three thousand times Jesus Christ. " Honestly , I have not counted . But , calculating all the replicas of the musical theater in the last forty years , the figure could be more or less . "
It is very kind, Jesus Christ Superstar . Aka Ted Neeley , actor and singer from Texas , that Texas retains the next sweet and lilting . In 1973 he suddenly became one of the most famous men in the world and worshiped . It was when he came out of the film version of the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who scoops everywhere.
Neeley is now Italy, at the Teatro Sistina in Rome. On April 18 , Good Friday , debuts the Italian production ( but in English ) Jesus Christ Superstar . What has been going on successfully for twenty years , and directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo . But for the first time as the protagonist of the original Jesus .
"I enthusiastically agreed to come to Italy ," says Neeley , who personally appears smaller and more fragile as we remembered on the screen , "and after Rome we will turn the other cities ."
Francis Pope will see it?
At the Sistine least until the end of May, the Italian Jesus Christ has a proven history : 11 years consecutive on the bill in the theaters of the peninsula, more than a million viewers , a hundred artists who took turns in the cast, 19 regions and more than a thousand performances in 84 Italian cities .
The secret of success ? "The perfect combination of rock, musicals and a great story ," says Neeley . What they do not say, is the secret hope that somehow Pope Francis may be involved : one with extra representation in the Vatican, the Pope having much more difficult as a spectator in the theater.
"Can you make her emissary from ? " Jokes Neeley . Who, in his long career as a rock musician began in 1965 , has not been " crucified " in the role of Jesus. It was , in fact, the protagonist of all the other major rock musical in history: Tommy , Hair and Sgt.Pepper . It has worked with a number of stars, from Ray Charles and Tina Turner. In addition to singing and acting is also a drummer, composer and producer .
But , inevitably , the more requests in the decades have been a return to global fame of Jesus , along with other superstars of the film by Norman Jewison : Yvonne Elliman ( Mary Magdalene ) and Carl Anderson ( Judas of color) , who sadly passed away ten years ago to leukemia . In the year of Jubilee, 2000 , and the following year , Anderson also starred in the Italian version .
This time, to encircle Neeley , were recruited celebrities pop -rock Italian : Negrita play with the orchestra , and their Pau is Pontius Pilate ; Adele ago Magdalene , and the former Rokes Shel Shapiro the high priest Caiaphas .
Mr. Neeley , here she is with her long hair crazy that made millions of girls ( and not only) : If there is ever cut from 1973 ? " Only for business purposes, just for the sake of the script, once I had to play a play a character completely bald ."
And how come he went to Verona with her daughter Tessa ? " We were invited to the opening of Vinitaly, then we visited the Arena where we will bring the musical, finally the balcony of Romeo and Juliet. A wonderful day . "
The revival of Jesus Christ drove Neeley to produce a new work : Rock Opera , already available on iTunes and in stores from April 22 . Inside , in addition to a version of his favorite song from the musical ( Gethsemane ) , stands a thrilling duet with Yvonne Elliman : Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker . There are also unpublished photos on the set of Ted in Israel in 1972 during the filming of Jesus Christ Superstar .
"That's a story to tell ," he explains, " because in the film you see planes and tanks . Images that blend the past 2000 years ago to the present. Well, no one could know that just a few months later, in that same Israeli Negev desert where we shot many scenes , it would be a real war broke out , that Yom Kippur . Just weeks when the movie came out . "
Neeley talks with his soothing voice , and we can not understand the illusion of many fundamentalist Christians , especially in the southern United States , almost mistake it for the real Jesus . After the show , he says, came to visit him in the dressing room . And he is kind and helpful to everyone. Never sends anyone away , even the most fanatical .
When he came out , Jesus Christ Superstar aroused controversy. Combined , in fact, the philosophy of free love hippies and universal peace with the Christian religion . The relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene is at the limit of the scandal : I Do not Know How To Love Him , I do not know how to love him , she sings , making it clear that the boundary between spiritual and carnal love is thin . In fact , it's probably been exceeded.
Judas , then , is not only the classic traitor. It is also a critic of religion, in the name of the concrete needs: Too Much Heaven On Their Minds, too paradise in their heads , shouting against the apostles who reject the most radical political choices. Exactly the dilemma that crossed many Christians in the 60s and 70s.
"The message of Jesus Christ Superstar is still very current," says Neeley, "wherever we go stirs endless debate even among today's youth. For this reason, often organize replicas in schools."
Neeley lives in California with his wife, known on the set of the film, and children. Tessa worked with him and follows him everywhere.
During rehearsals at the Sistina, Ted performs his legendary baritone voice , not tarnished by age : nell'urlo of Gethsemane manages to reach the Sol note one octave above the median.
And to think, to audition for the musical, Neeley was not aimed at the part of Jesus wanted to Judas, that he considered more interesting musically. Did not make it, and ended up as a reserve for both roles. Then, after an appearance positive promotion to the owner. It was immediately Superstar.
Bobbie Starna Potter Translation to English: Audience into a frenzy last night, Friday 18 April, the Sistine Chapel in Rome for the first National Musical Jesus Christ Superstar, staged by director Massimo Romeo Piparo in a truly memorable version .
On the stage of the historic Roman theater, filled to capacity, it has alternated an exceptional cast, starting with Ted Neeley, star of the famous film by Norman Jewison, who gave birth to a Jesus of extraordinary intensit , so as to trigger a already a standing ovation at the end of the first solo scene. An interpretation so full of pathos and vocal power that moved the audience to tears and that earned him a tribute of applause of several minutes. Beside him Simona Molinari, Mary Magdalene from the unique voice; to give body to a resounding Pontius Pilate Pau, frontman Negrita.L'entire band with guitars Drigo and Cesare "Mac" has performed live on stage with the orchestra of 12 elements conducted by Emmanuel Friello. And yet, Shel Shapiro, very bad in the role of Caiaphas while in Judah Feisal BONCIANI, born in 1990 in Florence , chosen by Massimo Romeo Piparo and Ted Neeley from over five hundred applicants came from all over Italy for the auditions of the show.
Among the protagonists of many established names in the Italian Musical, as Paride Acacia (Annas) - Jesus for 20 years of the Italian - and Emiliano Geppetti (Simon) , as well as an ensemble of between 24 acrobats, stilt walkers, fire eaters and dancers choreographed by Roberto Croce. On the stage of the Teatro Sistina also the sets of Giancarlo Muselli, prepared by Teresa Caruso, and costumes by Cecilia Betona .
To applaud the show's most anticipated of the season so many familiar faces: Jack's Mannequin , Gianmarco Mazzi, Tony Renis, Gianni Mina, Tessa Neeley, daughter of the protagonist Ted Neeley, Samuela Sardo, Lorena Bianchetti, Giancarlo Magalli, Vittoria Belvedere, Luke Ward and his wife Would you like jade, Roberta Lanfranchi , Flavio Montrucchio and Alessia Mancini, Gianluca Guidi and Cristina Ginevri, Stefano Coletta (Deputy Raitre), Giampiero Ingrassia, Liorni Marco, Antonella Elia, Attilio Fontana (and winner of the Which Show) with his sister-coach Mary Grace, Orso Maria Guerrini, Fabio Canino, Stephen Balsamo (Managing Director of JP Morgan Bank), Gianni Togni, the chef Raidue Circiello Alexander, Francesca Draghetti , Russell Russell, Jacopo Sarno, Federica Gentile, Roberto Ciufoli, Beppe Convertini , Giorgio Borghetti Laura and Silvia Squizzato, Max Pazzaglia, Jonis Bascir and many others.
At the end of the show, hundreds of fans lined up at two in the morning for autographs and photos with the stars.
On October 12th Jesus Christ Superstar will be staged with the same cast of Arena Veronaper the "Celebration Day" on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the film and the winds from the reworking of Italian Massimo Romeo Piparo, with a very special edition that will be represented at sunset, included in the official program of the Works Arena.
Susan Bell "On the stage of the historic Roman theater, filled to capacity, it has alternated an exceptional cast, starting with Ted Neeley, star of the famous film by Norman Jewison, who gave birth to a Jesus of extraordinary intensity, so as to trigger a already a standing ovation at the end of the first solo scene. An interpretation so full of pathos and vocal power that moved the audience to tears and that earned him a tribute of applause of several minutes."
Thanks for translating this, Bobbie! So, it seems Ted will be back in Italy again in October for "Celebration Day" (which Ted, himself has confirmed in his picture with Tessa on Romeo and Juliet's balcony in Verona - which you can find on Ted's Facebook page). Wow! And thanks, again, Bobbie for sharing the link to the Demotix pictures just below, as well as the Living In Rome article below these pictures!
Caiaphas with a snake! WOW!!!
I'm pretty sure this is Annas.
Neeley, original actor from ' Jesus Christ Superstar', returns to Jesus
The Jesus groaned in the film adaptation of the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973 ), actor and singer Ted Neeley returns to the 71 years to the stage to star in the Sistina Theatre in Rome 's acclaimed rock opera .
The Sistine Theatre of Rome has chosen today, Friday, to premiere the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and will have as big star, and for the first time in Europe, Ted Neeley, who will get in the role of Jesus and his passion revive again exceeded 70.
"It's magical to be here again reciting the Jesus part 40 years later. But do it in Rome is a dream I've ever had," Neeley said in the press conference of presentation of the musical.
Neeley is no longer the passionate hippy icon in the 70s with the film version of Norman Jewison, but with his deep blue eyes, long blonde hair, his mystical aspect, and especially his great voice, remains a credible Jesus and moving, as has been seen in testing the performance.
"To me the figure of Jesus represents hope, love, spirituality, faith and gentleness," said Neeley, who said always thrilled with this role.
The musical, which also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the premiere in Rome of the Italian version, will be performed in English with a live orchestra and will be on scene until 1 June.
The other players who accompany Ted Neeley are important representatives of the Italian music scene as the singer Pau, the Bold group, while Mary Magdalene is the interpreter of jazz Simona Molinari and "evil" Caiaphas British Shel Shapiro.
In the role of Judas will be the young Italian Bonciani Faisal, 24, who has been chosen by the director of the musical, Massimo Romeo Piparo, and Ted Neeley from over 500 applicants.
The cast is completed with other actors and 24 dancers for this new staging, which in these 20 years has filled the Italian theaters with a million spectators.
For Romeo Piparo, creator of the Italian version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" Ted Neeley 's presence in Rome is "a life lesson in professionalism."
"After 40 years, his humility and simplicity, along with an amazing and contagious passion are the living force of an artist who has become such myth," Piparo said.
The presence of Neeley makes this musical, according Piparo, "the most mature and perfect this masterpiece of musical theater version".
On 12 October, the same deal will be in an extraordinary performance at the Arena of Verona, on the occasion of the celebration of 40 years of movie premiere.
Now as a Catholic, Texan actor and singer hopes, after crowning his dream debut in Rome to meet Pope Francisco, and ensures that after performing in the capital dreams of ending his career and "relax" on the coast of California.
The actor of the film "Jesus Christ Superstar" finds this role on stage in Rome, 40 years after
SCENES | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 8:17
The Texan Ted Neeley has kept piercing eyes, blue steel 30 years. More than forty years after he played the main character in the film "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973), actor - musician comes for the first time in Europe interpret the same role in a musical. The show, held in English, will be on stage at the Sistina Theatre from April 18, dated Friday.
"The pope is just down the street, I wish he would come and see the show or at least that can be received in audience by him, he's a wonderful man ," said Neeley. Despite his 70 years, rocker estimated to remain credible in the role of Christ 33 years: "It's getting better each time I am more mature, I feel more comfortable," says - he says.
For the director Massimo Romeo Piparo, "this is a great show for Easter because it combines secular and Catholic, he tells the terrestrial part of Christ happened to him as a man and that marked all humanity." Piparo is very proud to have convinced Ted Neeley interpreted in Italy the role he held in the Broadway musical and the film by Norman Jewison . "This coincides with my 20 year career and the 40th anniversary of the film's release in Italy, I wanted something memorable," says the director, adding receive calls from fans from Germany or the Netherlands, which Ted will express to Rome.
Ted Neeley has played Jesus 5,000 times in the United States and Canada, so that people stop him in the street to ask her advice, saying that when they think of Jesus, they see his face.
Presented at the Teatro Sistina in Rome Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, Shel Shapiro, Adele and Negrita
Presented yesterday at the Teatro Sistina in Rome Jesus Christ Superstar with the complete cast with the great Ted Neeley (for the first time in Europe), Shel Shapiro, Adele, Pau and Negrita. Debut April 18, Good Friday .
Produced by Peep Arrow Entertainment in the original version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the show signed Massimo Romeo Piparo will be staged for the first time in Europe with an exceptional interpreter of the title role in Ted Neeley, Jesus 'original' the famous film by Norman Jewison, the historical blockbuster of 1973. "Being invited to play in Rome, at the Teatro Sistina for this celebration of the 20th Anniversary of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is the realization of a lifelong dream. I am honored by the opportunity to collaborate in this new theatrical experience Italian, produced and directed by visionary director Massimo Romeo Piparo, whom I thank with all the staff and crew, each member of the cast and musicians, for this extraordinary adventure, "says the celebrated American actor.
And with Ted Neeley another novelty: Negrita. It 's the first time, in fact, that an Italian rock band is leading a Musical. The entire band with guitars Drigo and Cesare "Mac" will be on stage with the orchestra of 12 elements conducted by Emmanuel Friello, while frontman Pau lend voice and body to the controversial character of Pontius Pilate. The role of Mary Magdalene is entrusted to the extraordinary talent of Adele, and to assume the role of the "villain" Caiaphas will be the great Shel Shapiro, a legendary leader of the Rokes, film and theater actor, and composer, arranger and producer for many interpreters Italian song. In the role of Judas newcomer Feisal BONCIANI, born in 1990 in Florence, chosen by Massimo Romeo Piparo and Ted Neeley, from over five hundred applicants came from all over Italy for the auditions of the show.
Among the players stand out as established names of the musical Italian Paride Acacia (Annas) - for 20 years - and Emiliano Jesus edition Italino Geppetti (Simon), as well as an ensemble of between 24 acrobats, stilt walkers, fire eaters and dancers choreographed by Robert Cross. On the stage of the Teatro Sistina Orchestra live 12 piece directed by veteran Italian Musical Maestro Emmanuel Friello, set design by Giancarlo Muselli compiled by Teresa Caruso and costumes by Cecilia Betona.
On October 12th Jesus Christ Superstar will be staged with the same cast at the Arena di Verona for the "Celebration Day" on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the film and the winds from the reworking of Italian Massimo Romeo Piparo, with a very special edition that will be represented at sunset, included in the official program of the Works Arena.
Jesus Christ Superstar, the masterpiece of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, has gone down in history as one of the most famous and beloved musical of all time. The Italian version in the original language signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, author and filmmaker celebrated abroad for its unique innovative style, is 20 years old and now boasts numerous records and big numbers: first three editions of this 11 consecutive years on the bill Theatres in Italian from 1995 to 2006, more than 1,000,000 viewers, more than 100 artists who took turns in the cast, 19 regions and more than 1,000 performances in 84 Italian cities. In the year of the beatification of John Paul II, with this new version and event with Ted Neeley, who gave an indelible imprint mythical and the role of Jesus in the historic success of Norman Jewison film of 1973, Piparo fails to deliver the definitive "History the Italian Theatre" his edition of the Opera, having had the privilege of directing both on the stages Italian star of the film: on the occasion of the Holy Jubilee of the Year 2000, it was the late Carl Anderson's Judas - black film disappeared prematurely in 2004 - to play the role for two years of triumphs.
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Ted Neeley in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Sistina
And the world's most famous rock opera. And he, Ted Neeley, who for 40 years gives a face and soul to Jesus Christ, effortlessly embodies the role of Superstar. The cult musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber made his debut at the Teatro Sistina thanks to Massimo Romeo Piparo. What does the bang and brings Ted Neeley in Rome
It promises to be the theatrical event of the year, and there could be no better date for the debut. Let's talk about Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock musical produced by Peep Arrow Entertainment in the original version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Entertainment signed Massimo Romeo Piparo which will be staged for the first time in Europe with an exceptional interpreter. In the title role, in fact, there's Ted Neeley, the blond Jesus 'original' of the film by Norman Jewison, dated 1973, with his charismatic look and the power of voice has created a true icon.
The show will debut at the Sistine April 18, when the streets of the Eternal City on the occasion of Good Friday there will be Stations of the Cross, and for Ted Neeley is an honor to be invited to perform in Rome.
"Being here, at the Teatro Sistina, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Jesus Christ Superstar is the realization of a lifelong dream," - said today with gentleness and humility American actor, during the press conference of the show, which was preceded a luxurious showcase. "I am honored by the opportunity to collaborate in this new theatrical experience Italian, produced and directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, with whom I warmly thank the staff and crew, each member of the cast and musicians, for this extraordinary adventure."
"It will be an issue that will remind a lot of the film - Piparo promises, admitting then that - the choice of a colored Judas is a tribute to Carl Anderson. He and Ted have invented these characters, and their great friendship brought them both to get the roles that, for the record, at the time were already contracted to other actors."
Alongside the famous 'treble' Ted Neeley - who today told reporters that he got the role because they do not sing better than the other ("before then I did not know what was the theater, I was the only Texan drummer in a rock band " Neeley admits) , but because with his vocal range was able to get amazing tones, capturing the director Jewison - there are Negrita, another novelty of the show. It's the first time, in fact, that an Italian rock band is starring in a musical. The whole group with guitars Drigo and Cesare "Mac" will be on stage with the orchestra of 12 elements conducted by Emmanuel Friello, while frontman Pau lend voice and body to the controversial character of Pontius Pilate.
But let Judas. For this role there is a new talent, newcomer Feisal BONCIANI, Florentine, born in 1990, personally chosen by Piparo and Neeley, from over five hundred applicants came from all over Italy for the auditions of the show. It was not easy to replace Carl Anderson (friend of Neeley) who played its historic role in 2004 in the Italian edition of the musical. "Maximum then tried to take me to Rome with Carl but I unfortunately I had another commitment, then over the years insisted, he called me back and now here I am," smiles Neeley, spreading his arms.
In the role of strong and sweet Mary Magdalene instead there will be a talented Simona Molinari ("the role has written in her DNA," says the director) while the "bad" Caiaphas will Shel Shapiro, a legendary leader of the Rokes," he instead wanted to be a role of Jesus, " jokes Piparo.
Rounding out the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar: Paride Acacia ( Annas ) - Neeley that he wanted to publicly thank for having 'sold' on 'his' role, that of the protagonist (Acacia, in fact, for 20 years he has dressed the spotless robe of Jesus of 'Italian theatrical' edition ) - and Emiliano Geppetti in the role of Simon. An ensemble of 24 acrobats, stilt walkers, fire eaters and dancers choreographed by Roberto Croce complete the crew who will tread the boards of the Teatro Sistina, reciting, singing and releasing all the energy of the event thanks to the live sound of the Orchestra. Signature of the sets Giancarlo Muselli; Cecilia Betona for costumes.
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Bobbie Starna Potter TRANSLATION TO ENGLISH: ROME
The Teatro Sistina in Rome paid tribute to a long standing ovation at the open stage with Ted Neeley , during the first national musical ''Jesus Christ Superstar''. The actor, who plays Jesus in the show directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo after being the original Messiah in the famous musical film directed by Norman Jewson in 1973, has triggered the ovation while playing one of the songs highlight the work, ''I only want to say (Gethsemane),'' showing a vocal perfection still intact after 40 years from the onset of the film.
The show, which sees onstage orchestra of 12 elements led by the rock group Negrita (whose frontman Pau gave voice to a great Pilate, Shel Shapiro in the role of Caiaphas, Simona Molinari in that of Mary Magdalene, l 'Feisal BONCIANI newcomer in the difficult role of Judas and the very talented Paris Acacia in to Annas has reserved several moments of great impact. Surprisingly, the scene of the 39 lashes Jesus was accompanied by images of many horrors of humanity that flowed into a big screen in the background: from Auschwitz to the tragedy of the twin towers, the horrors of mob violence against women, each frame in represent the pain of Christ, made alive by the blows of the whip .
The piece, produced by Peep Arrow Entertainment Maximum Piparo the same in the original version of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, was greeted by a warm applause at the end of 15 minutes. ''Jesus Christ'' is uperstar billboard in the Sistine until 1 June: October 12th, for the ''Celebration Day'' on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the film, will be on stage with the same cast of the Arena Verona, included in the official program of the Works Arena.
Jesus Christ Superstar, the Sistine Musical with the mythical hero of the film Rita Hall 09 -March- 2014 An integral rocker Ted Neeley, born in 1943, the Christ notes impervious to Jesus Christ Superstar, the legendary Norman Jewison film that celebrates four decades. You see straight, ascetic, blonde, eyes that cut through the heart, entering Jerusalem among a forest of waving palm branches. Actor (last performance a role in Quentin Tarantino's Django), singer, drummer and composer, has just celebrated in the major theaters of the States which Jesus has everlasting glory. And now he's in Rome, an entrepreneurial coup directorial Massimo Romeo Piparo to impersonate Christ in the Italian version of the musical that will be staged at the Sistina from April 18, Good Friday. With a stellar cast : Neeley protagonist; Negrita frontman, Pau, in the part of Pilate (the group will play live the immortal score by Andrew Lloyd Webber); Simona Molinari as Mary Magdalene; Shel Shapiro in the role of Caiaphas .
Apartment with panoramic views over the Eternal City , the daughter Tessa in tow, Ted speaks dell'Urbe with inexhaustible enthusiasm: "Your wonderful Rome," he repeats, enjoying the few days of rest before the start of the tests. "I know I start here a beautiful adventure, which is celebrating four decades of films, both the twenty years since the first production of the musical by Italian Piparo. The rock opera of Rice and Lloyd Webber, 1970, is a true work in progress. He was an interpreter, at the outset, of an era that called for the peace, universal love, solidarity and regeneration. He picked up the instances of the hippies who had just lived through Woodstock. It did not stop there. It has become the film, giving me the opportunity to experience something fundamental for me. And in the theate, all over the world, has continued and continues to be represented."
A ROLE FATEFUL
The role of Christ angry and fierce has never abandoned Neeley. He admits it. But do not consider this identification explains a sentence, but rather "a wonderful opportunity, an experience still rewarding on an emotional level, training for the spirit and more enlightening. A trip right, that in Rome, the city where he stopped the apostle Peter, he will live a particular stage." Young people of the third millennium are not the flower children, surfing the web and relate to performance models incomparable to those of Jesus Christ Superstar. Yet Ted testifies that the musical "touches their hearts, come in their way of thinking, in their souls." He says: "Children and grandchildren of the boys then come to me in the dressing room, and tell me stories of devotion, humility and respect related to their life after having watched the show or have seen the movie. In turn, spread a passion for Jesus Christ Superstar to others, and the population of fans widens."
BEYOND THE TIME
"The message of Jesus Christ - continues Neeley - endures beyond time and generational changes. The magnificent libretto of the opera, with its strong and simple words, and music, a true masterpiece, continue to give spiritual comfort to anyone, to provide a lowest common denominator of emotions salvation in a world full of differences, where it is easy criticize what we do not understand, what we reject is difficult. Yet we continue to arise in different contexts, to speak different languages, believe in opposing ideologies. And we are all together on Earth. I dreamed of a world of peace for a lifetime, but if you look at what has passed in history and one that continues to happen, it seems that men consider most important wars of peace. Despite this I still hope that one day we can all sit around a campfire to tell stories that unite us, where we come from, what we have inherited and how great it is to live, and maybe capendoci accettandoci with one another, brothers and sisters as we are. The circle of peace and love is an open circle."
Not feel the challenge, Ted, to sing a role so hard to Rome: "I feel an excitement only positive." Do not fear the judgment of the boys: "They are more technologically advanced than we were, but I see them the same exuberance, the same vitality, the same desire to rejoice, to live the friendship, hope and happiness to conquer." Finally, if you ask what is the residual charm of old Europe, does not hesitate: "Charm residue? I would say that old Europe has never been more seductive than now, with its aura, its magical atmosphere, its mystery and its history. For me it is a world of infinite beauty." It ends, christologically: "Have peace, love and light."
Translation (thanks for the extra effort on this one, Bobbie!) :
Jesus at seventy April 4, 2014 21 OMA.
When locks eyes with the other party, the slight squint when he is suffering from child vanishes instantly. But just what look it widens again, that's blue eyes Ted Neeley resume divaricarsi. In Jesus Christ Superstar, the film of '73 in which he plays the last seven days of Jesus Christ staged by a group of actors hippie, his squint reaches the climax scene in the garden of Gethsemane. Go for the eyes and with acute that made him famous says: "I have to know, God, why should I die? Can you show me that I will not be killed in vain? '. He's thin as then, Neeley, has the same energy and the hair always long on his shoulders: "I feel good. Other rockers have had to abandon. I go to the gym, the physical holding me. "Today, wearing glasses, is still blond, but maybe it is tinged with a little ".
Last September he turned 70 , had just begun the celebrations for 40 years of the Norman Jewison film of that met all the cast at the Chinese Theatre Los Angeles and then on a tour of screenings and Dating debate around America.
Before you take part in Jesus Christ Superstar, Neeley had played the role the protagonist Claude in the rock opera Hair, and then Tommy homonymous show inspired album by The Who, but it is thanks to the musical written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber that his fame has reached a global dimension. On the stage of America and Canada, is Ted Neeley Superstar for the past 41 years, so most of the same years of Christ. And from April 18 sing again his part for the first time in Europe, in the staging Italian the musical in the original language (which performs twenty years ) signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo at the Teatro Sistina in Rome. With him will be Pau Negrita in the role of Pilate, Simona Molinari in those of Mary Magdalene and Shel Shapiro in those of Caiaphas.
"I dreamed of being able to interpret Jesus Rome from the first time I went up on stage to Broadway, even before then to participate the filming of the movie Jewison in Israel, " said Neeley. "That time has now arrived, is a dream come true. But the Pope will come to see the show? They told me that always goes to the theater, "he says . And when you Note that although his style pop, is not so easy to see pope Francis sat in the audience of a theater, you will not lose mood: "Then we will try to we go to him see something in the Vatican. At first the Sistine there will be Tim Rice, but I would like to invite also Norman Jewison, who is a dear friend, I wish I could take with him in the movie Vatican to show it to the Pope I am convinced who would be thrilled."
Rice and Lloyd Webber first published Jesus Christ Superstar as a double album with the lead singer of Deep Purple Ian Gillan in the role of Jesus, and in England the BBC refused to schedule the disk considering blasphemous. Then came the musical set on Broadway, directed by Tom O'Horgan (and Neeley in the cast), and the rock opera immediately aroused a wave of criticism, there were even death threats from religious groups fundamentalist: "There were nightly picketing front of the theater to allow us to enter, we had to us well in between two rows of protesters: I went crazy with rage , because none of us had a blasphemous intent, nor that I grew up in a fam-glia very religious, "says Neeley. "I asked at all, but have you seen the show? Come see it before, at least, you are my guests, stay beyond the end and talk, tell me what you do not like and we shall account. After seeing him, returned on time and brought their families and friends."
Despite the criticism had been positive, the film also sparked controversy by the part of religious groups. The Jews accused of anti-Semitism, the Catholics and the Protestants they considered blasphemous in the picture Jesus too human, too interested to sex: "But all this is not in the movie there." Neeley recalls that, before he left In 1973, Norman Jewison wanted to show Pope Paul VI in a private screening: "He did it to get his approval, and I know that the Pope really loved the film, found him respectful the figure of Jesus, and considered that would allow us to achieve even most people in the world, even the youngest would have known of the son of God and would could learn more about its history thanks to the music, singing the songs."
Actually the star of the movie musical of Jewison has never waned, after 40 years the strength of its music and its images remains intact, the mix deliberately anachronistic between ancient and modern, classic and rock, is still formidable. "As soon as the film came out in theaters it was understood that he could bring the history to a higher level of communication, because told in a different way the last seven days of Christ on the ground, and because it speaks a language road. music Jesus Christ Superstar then the melody of life," adds Neeley, "Every company can Among the controversy, the film was made see Paul VI. It pleased him correlate to it in his own way, despite the diversity of language and race, the spirit work embraces you anyway. I tried it I for one: even if I'm wrong before a replica, as soon as I start feeling better, changes everything, the audience gives energy to us and we make it to the public: it is like a circle of life and spirituality. music care the spirit of the wild beast."
Every so often speak for Neeley images as a preacher, it seems that after all these years has come to identify dangerously with the role it plays in the rock opera. He acknowledged this himself when points out that for many has become a kind of priest, a tool for approach to spirituality: "People see it Spirit of Christ within me because of this film, and all those who come to talk after the show they see me as if I had the character of Jesus, not like Ted people who maybe on a Sunday morning have difficulty understanding the homily of priest in the church, instead they understand perfectly the music and songs of Jesus Christ Superstar because they are so simple and honest that can directly touch their hearts. Regain their spirituality through the story told in the movie or the show. Medium is the word, as happens when two people greet each other in the street and open their hearts to one another, and between them a real exchange happens."
He grew up in Ranger, Texas in the Catholic, six years, the precocious expressed at Neeley His parents desire to study to become Baptist priest: "There were churches everywhere, so my youth was nourished of religion, knew the scriptures better than many other school subjects. also for this director Norman Jewison had on me in case someone had cast doubts about how went by, I was explaining to My colleagues on the set the stories of the Bible. Although, in Superstar, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber did not address too the religious aspects of Jesus, his nature as a child of God; wanted put in quite as light on Earth was first of all a man. say this, the criticisms about his sexual energy are out of place; If anything is Mary Magdalene that, given his job, does not know how relate to him: she is, did Jesus, to make reference to the carnal dimension. all The cast of actors, singers and dancers was respectful of the religious content of the film, and the director of the Broadway musical, Tom O'Horgan, the same as I had wanted as protagonist in Hair, was attentive to the aspects Religious of the musical, sorted the people according to this principle."
For a handful of years, Ted Neeley has lived in the middle of a crucial point of popular culture. Due to its activity actor and singer gave voice to the pacifism of the hippie movement, the question sexual freedom of young people Neeley. But I'm just me, the same.
JESUS CHRIST has changed my life
"Being here in Rome with Jesus Christ Superstar is the dream of a lifetime." Ted Neeley, the historical Jesus starred in the musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who became a true icon thanks to the film by Norman Jewson, 1973, he made his debut on stage at the Sistine Theatrel in Rome April 18, on the evening of Good Friday, in the rock opera that traces the Passion of the Christ directed by Massimo Romeo Piparo. Sure, 71 years Ted Neeley no longer has the air of blonde flower child, but his voice, trained in more than 1700 raised the curtain of the same role, it is still able to move to the tune of unforgettable songs such as Gethsemane. Among other things, has just released his album Rock Opera (TedHead Records) in which retraces the biggest hits of his career: Do not forget that Neeley has also starred in the Broadway debuts of fundamental works in the history of rock as Hair, Tommy, of Who and The Beatles Sgt Pepper. But of course, Jesus Christ Superstar is the one mentioned with more passion to Future.
Mr. Neeley, what does it mean to play the role of Jesus, precisely in Rome during Holy Week?
"For me it is a great honor and a great responsibility, but it is a role that is consistent with my spirituality. Also starring in this beautiful Italian production helps my soul searching. It is also an opportunity to visit Rome, the center of Christianity, the center of the story. And a closer look at the things I'm talking about 40 years. As soon as I have a free moment from the evidence, I go around the city with my daughter Tessa. I visited the Colosseum, and soon I want to visit St. Peter's. Jesus Christ Superstar was to be the turning point of my career, and that of life."
What is your relationship with faith ?
"I grew up in a small town of 2,000 souls in Texas, where religion is an essential part of the life of a community. As a child I went regularly to church on Wednesdays and Sundays, no one forced me, it was my choice. The stories of the Bible have always been my bread and butter. Insomuch that on the set of Jesus Christ director Norman Jewson always said, ' If you need a biblical counseling ' go to Ted. Well, I guess if I had not had the good fortune to have this training from childhood, perhaps I would not be able to do my job well in this work."
How did you prepare to play the movie by Norman Jewison?
"During the shooting of the film, in Israel I did a lot of research, I've read dozens of books since then and each time I discovered something new. I wanted to be credible in their gestures, how to move, but also on what makes sense to the facts through my interpretation. For me, the movie was a new education. Norman, who was a highly spiritual person, was very attentive especially at the thought of the Catholic world."
And what is the lesson learned by interpreting Christ?
"Apart from my intimate and personal relationship with his teachings over the years I have more and more I realized that all men are linked by the same spiritual dimension, beyond religious differences. I feel part of a big hug, and in particular I would like the Christian world was united beyond the divisions between Catholics, Protestants and other denominations."
Even making a film about the points of Jesus in Israel 70s gave more value to the film?
"The film was shot in 1972 in Israel at a politically very difficult. But we had the full cooperation of Golda Meir who wanted to develop the film industry in the country. For example, in the scene where Judas is filled with remorse for the betrayal, being chased by Israeli tanks true, that in those days were patrolling the area. For this shoot there a movie with a strong message of peace was particularly important. We had a set 'of peace': as well as artists from around the globe, there was a lot of local people, including Jews earabi. And there I met my wife Leeyan as well, a great dancer. And since then we have not left."
You'd like to meet Pope Francis?
"Of course, even if only to shake his hand. I have seen and read a lot about Pope Francis, and I feel really close. He is a man of the people, which connects with the people and in doing so makes you feel even closer to God."
'Jesus Christ Superstar', though in its infancy, provoked many protests.
"At Broadway debut in 1971, every evening at the theater had to overcome to enter a cordon of people protesting.' But how - they said - Jesus begins to sing rock? State - of pining away now '. So I'd say, 'Come in and come and see before judging at the end of the show we talk about it'. And the people came in and changed his mind."
Insomuch that, " Jesus Christ " today has become a classic in many parishes.
"Just talking about the last seven days of Jesus' life from the point of view of his friends. A man Jesus, with its fragility, but this is what we can feel our own and, therefore, open the door to God I am doing so for forty years: once I have finished the presentation, I stop to talk to people. It is the thing that enriches more. Are also many non-believers, who find themselves deeply touched. And I feel a lucky man."
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The Negrita , Ted Neeley , Simona Molinari and Shel Shapiro in the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar
The Negrita on stage at the Teatro Sistina in Rome with Ted Neeley, the original Jesus "Jesus Christ Superstar" in the event version of Max Romeo Piparo.
For the first time an Italian rock band will star in a musical. The whole band Negrita, in fact, will be on stage with the orchestra conducted by Maestro Emmanuel Friello, and perform the soundtrack that has just celebrated 40 years of success unrepeatable.
The frontman Pau lend voice and body to the controversial character of Pontius Pilate. But the cast of this version of events does not stop to count real "pearls" of Italian music scene: the role of Mary Magdalene will be Adele, true revelation of "our" jazz and that of Caiaphas, Shel Shapiro, author of some of the most beautiful pages of Italian music.
Since April 18, Good Friday, Ted Neeley, Negrita, Simona Molinari and Shel Shapiro will all be together on stage to give life to the greatest rock opera of all time, an exceptional cast that will draw 'attention of all lovers of music and theater'.
Jesus Christ Superstar, the masterpiece of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, has gone down in history as one of the most famous and beloved musicals of all time. The Italian version in the original language signed by Massimo Romeo Piparo, author and filmmaker celebrated abroad for its unique innovative style, is 20 years old and now boasts numerous records and big numbers: three different editions, 11 years consecutive on the bill in Italian theaters 1995-2006, more than 1 million viewers, more than 100 artists who took turns in the cast, 19 regions and more than 1,000 performances in 84 Italian cities.
In the year of the beatification of John Paul II, with this new version and event with Ted Neeley, who gave an indelible imprint mythical and the role of Jesus in the historic success of Norman Jewison film of 1973, Piparo fails to deliver the definitive history of the Italian edition of his theater, having had the privilege of directing the
Italian stages both stars of the film on the occasion of the Jubilee of the Holy Year 2000, it was the late Carl Anderson - the black Judas in the movie - to play the role for two years of triumphs.
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AND A YOUTUBE VIDEO FOR FROM THE PEEP ARROW CHANNEL FOR A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME:
Jesus Christ Superstar XX Anniversary Peep Arrow Entertainment presents TED Neeley in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR XX ANNIVERSARY with SIMONA MOLINARI, SHEL SHAPIRO, with live music performed by NEGRITA, and PAU in the role of Pilate A show of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber Roberto Croce choreography, musical direction Emanuele Friello, Scenes Giancarlo Muselli, Costumes Cecilia Betona
at the Teatro Sistina in Rome, the most anticipated show of the season: the event version of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, the greatest rock opera of all time, with an exceptional cast that will draw the attention of all music lovers and theater. Produced by Peep Arrow Entertainment in the original version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the show signed Massimo Romeo Piparo will be staged for the first time in Europe with an exceptional interpreter of the title role in Ted Neeley, Jesus 'original' the famous film by Norman Jewison, the historical blockbuster of 1973. "Being invited to play in Rome, at the Teatro Sistina for this celebration of the 20th Anniversary of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is the realization of a lifelong dream. I am honored by the opportunity to collaborate in this new theatrical experience Italian, produced and directed by visionary director Massimo Romeo Piparo, whom I thank with all the staff and crew, each member of the cast and musicians, for this extraordinary adventure, "says the celebrated American actor. And with Ted Neeley another novelty: Negrita. It's the first time, in fact, that an Italian rock band is leading a Musical. The entire band with guitars Drigo and Cesare "Mac" will be on stage with the orchestra of 12 elements conducted by Emmanuel Friello, while frontman Pau lend voice and body to the controversial character of Pontius Pilate. The role of Mary Magdalene is entrusted to the extraordinary talent of Adele, and to assume the role of the "villain" Caiaphas will be the great Shel Shapiro, a legendary leader of the Rokes, film and theater actor, and composer, arranger and producer for many interpreters Italian song. In the role of Judas newcomer Feisal BONCIANI, born in 1990 in Florence, chosen by Massimo Romeo Piparo and Ted Neeley, from over five hundred applicants came from all over Italy for the auditions of the show.
Among the players stand out as established names of the musical Italian Paride Acacia (Annas) - for 20 years - and Emiliano Jesus edition Italino Geppetti (Simon), as well as an ensemble of between 24 acrobats, stilt walkers, fire eaters and dancers choreographed by Robert Cross. On the stage of the Teatro Sistina Orchestra live 12 piece directed by veteran Italian Musical Maestro Emmanuel Friello, set design by Giancarlo Muselli compiled by Teresa Caruso and costumes by Cecilia Betona.
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YESTERDAY AND TODAY (4/26-27/14) A 40-YEAR OLD DREAM FINALLY CAME TRUE. SILVIA TOSELLI AND RAFFAELLA ANSI, TWO OF OUR ITALIAN CONTINGENT TED FAMILY MEMBERS HAD WAITED FORTY YEARS TO FINALLY SEE AND MEET TED IN PERSON. AS DID ANOTHER MEMBER OF ITALIAN CONTINGENT, ANTONIO COSTE BARBE! IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY IN ROME AT THE IL SISTINA, AND TODAY THEY ARE SEEING THE SHOW. SILVIA SENT ME THESE PICTURES BELOW, AND GAVE ME PERMISSION TO POST THEM. THEY ARE ALSO ON THE FTNL LIST. I AM SO HAPPY FOR ALL OF THEM - I KNOW WE ALL ARE. ENJOY!!!
The front entrance to Il Sistina.
Silvia is next to Ted, Raffaella is on Silvia's left, and Antonio Coste Barbe is on Ted's right
Another - somewhat clearer shot of the meeting above, thanks to Antonio!
Silvia and Raffaella also met Tessa - along with Antonio Coste Barbe, the gentleman to Tessa's right.
Ted greeting Antonio Coste Barbe after the 4/26/14 matinee.
HERE IS SILVIA'S ENTIRE ROME ALBUM:
SILVIA AND RAFFAELLA'S DREAM CONTINUED IN VERONA AND IN TORINO
AND SOME PICTURES FROM ANOTHER MEMBER OF OUR ITALIAN CONTINGENT: ANTONIO COSTE BARBE:
In the 40th anniversary of the JCS rock phenomenon, Ted Neeley is in Rome performing at the Sistina theater. The town of Novara, in the Piedmont region of North Western Italy, is proud to have contributed to the JCS success in Italy. Back in 1975, precisely on March 10, Antonio Costa Barbé and his group, the “Singoli Steli d'Erba”, were the first ones to represent the JCS rock opera in Italy. The Coccia theater in Novara hosted the event which immediately had a huge, unexpected success. The Coccia theater, an institution in Northern Italy for lyrical music and drama lovers, opened its doors to rock music and young people, who patiently waited in line to be admitted, filled every single available seat. Antonio Costa Barbé born and raised in Novara, was the first Italian singer who played the role of Jesus in Italy! With him, a group of students from this same area were in the cast. After having performed in various theaters, the “Singoli Steli d'Erba” broke up and in 1990 Antonio Costa Barbé and Flavio Guidetti (both part of the former ”Singoli steli d'Erba”) formed a new group: “La Goccia”. Antonio and Flavio were the two singers who, alternatively, interpreted the part of Jesus (in 2014 "La Goccia" group can count on the fresh, amazing voice of the young Daniele Lagrasta as Jesus). In 2006, thanks to the “2006 Passio Project“, Novara hosted again the Jesus Christ Superstar rock opera at the Coccia theater. Antionio Costa Barbé after 31 years, abandoned the role of Jesus to become Pontius Pilate. In these days, Antonio Costa Barbé is heading to Rome. He cannot miss the JCS at the Sistina and hopefully the two “Jesus”,Ted Neeley and Antonio Costa Barbè, will eventually meet.
Ted and Tessa had read this, and when I met him in Sistina at the end of the show, HE said to me :"Antonio you are the first italian Jesus and now Pontius Pilate, I have that picture you sent me of you playing Jesus." I was like of criyng for excitement, and I said: "You are a KING!"
Antonio as Jesus
Antonio as Pontius Pilate
AND, FINALLY, THIS SET OF PICTURES FROM YET ANOTHER MEMBER OF OUR ITALIAN CONTINGENT: ALESSANDRA TERRENI: