Now, at 63 years old, Neeley once again takes the stage as Jesus in, what has been named as, Jesus Christ Superstar: The Farewell Tour, even though Neeley may have another go at it. According to reviewers, Neeley is as just as brilliant and commanding as where he left off in 1997. One reviewer stated that Neeley’s age should not even be a concern, claiming his singing range is as broad as ever and praising his efforts on such signature pieces as “Gethsemane” and “The Temple”. Corey Glover, of Grammy winning platinum selling rock band Living Colour fame, also appears as Judas.
The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be performed on the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as “Superstar”, “Everything’s Alright” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations.
Director Dallett Norris (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Can-Can, South Pacific) says, "What could be better than having Ted Neeley, so grand in the film, on board as we delve into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s brilliant musical telling of this timeless story.”
A veteran attendee of Jesus Christ Superstar, I’ve seen Neeley perform on several occasions and was never disappointed barring an appearance at the Rosemont Theatre in which his understudy John Butler performed in his stead because of illness. You won’t want to miss your chance to see Ted Neeley as the tour hits the Chicagoland area April 4th at the Rialto Theatre in Joliet. Springfield and Indiana dates also follow. For more information go to thejcstour.com.