Revival to open in March
Broadway will resurrect Jesus Christ one more time, with the well-received Stratford Shakespeare Company revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar” transferring to the Neil Simon Theater in March.
Move makes “Superstar” the second Biblical tuner to open in Gotham this season, following the November opening of “Godspell.”
Show had seemed a likely bet for the Main Stem since it bowed, given the critical praise heaped on the show by Canuck press and the pedigree of helmer Des McAnuff (“Jersey Boys”). Soon after the production opened at Stratford, “Superstar” landed a fall slot at the La Jolla Playhouse, the regional house where a slew of McAnuff shows — including “Jersey Boys,” “700 Sundays” and “The Who’s Tommy” — played prior to hitting the Main Stem.
Among the notable dissenters in the critical corps was a tepid review in the New York Times, a potential hurdle to a Gotham transfer that could potentially be mitigated by a title strong enough to attract auds even without the paper’s thumbs-up.
No casting has yet been announced for the Broadway incarnation. Stratford staging stars Paul Nolan, Josh Young, Chilina Kennedy and Brent Carver, among others.
Revival will be the fourth time Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock retelling of the life of Christ will play Broadway, following the 1971 preem and two subsequent revivals. Most recent version to hit the Rialto was a short-lived 2000 production.
Dodger Properties and the Really Useful Group are on board to present “Superstar” on the Rialto.
Canadian production, which opened in June, plays through Nov. 6 at Stratford. It moves to La Jolla Nov. 18-Dec. 31. Broadway run begins previews March 1 ahead of a March 22 opening.