YADA Dance Company in Gozo production of Jesus Christ Superstar
|Email item||Print item||
The Astra Theatre has announced that the renowned YADA Dance company, together with choreographer Felix Busuttil who is from Victoria, will be part of the theatre’s 50th anniversary production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Bookings are very busy for this “world class” production, with the Saturday performance on the 24th of March full booked, however tickets are still available for Sunday, the 25th of March, at 3.30pm, and the additional show on Easter Sunday, the 1st of April, starting at 3.30pm.
Jesus Christ Superstar, is described by Tim Rice as, “the last seven days of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.” Loosely based on the Gospels, the plot also explores the tumultuous relationship between Christ, the Roman occupier and the Jewish people.
Internationally-acclaimed Hugh Wooldridge will be directing this brand new production – a veteran master who has a close-collaboration with the show’s authors, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Mro Sigmund Mifsud will again be leading this third musical at the Astra. The role of Jesus will be played by the hugely talented and celebrated American actor and singer, David Michael Johnson (DMJ). He has appeared on Broadway and was a regular performer at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
DMJ has also appeared in numerous international performances directed by Hugh Wooldridge including The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Chess in Concert (Royal Albert Hall, London), An Evening with Tim Rice (Barbados and London) and The Night of 1000 Voices concert series also at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. In Europe he has been seen in We Will Rock You and Stage Entertainment’s Best Of Musical Gala Tour.
Chris Grech, resident rock star will play Judas. Grech is known for his outstanding voice and is no stranger to the local music scene, having appeared in numerous Rock and Metal performances. This is the first time Chris has played Judas – having always played Jesus – and he is excited to be a part of this stellar production.
The role of Mary will be played by Rachel Fabri. Trained in the UK, Rachel has been performing around the globe for 17 years. Her performances include many sell-out appearances in the UK and the United States whilst she was one of the sensational all-girl group, All Angels.
Roger Tirazona will play the role of Pilate and given his impressive international career with awards hailing from Europe and Asia, “his performance will certainly be one to remember,” said the Astra. Roger’s credits include performances in Shakespeare as well as the musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Secret Garden.
Peter will be played by young local artiste Remy Azzopardi. He denies Jesus three times in the chaos that follows the arrest of Christ. He was specially chosen by Hugh Wooldridge because of his vocal qualities.
There are other local performers in this production including, Wallace Camilleri (Annas), Fabian Galea (Priest) and Noel Galea (Caiaphas), who play the Jewish priests who perceive Jesus as a threat to their power. King Herod will be played by another local favourite, award-winning comedian and actor, Christopher Dingli.
Jesus Christ Superstar is supported by the Ministry for Gozo and the Valletta 18 Foundation.