'Superstar' returns to Iowa with rock retelling of timeless tale

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Audiences in Iowa have a chance this year to see the brand-new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar starring Lawrence Clayton as "Judas" and Eric Kunze as "Jesus". Jesus Christ Superstar opens at Stephens Auditorium in Ames on November 9 for a limited engagement.

When Jesus Christ Superstar first exploded onto the West End stage in 1972, it was clear that the musical world would never be the same again. Almost thirty years later this astonishing musical is back as fresh and gripping as ever. Acclaimed as a theatrical masterpiece at the time of its premiere, Jesus Christ Superstar has since attained the status of theatrical legend.

From his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through to his death at the hand of Pontius Pilate, Jesus Christ Superstar is an epic retelling of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Telling the story of men and women driven to their fate by forces beyond their control, this unique musical is as powerful and compelling today as the day it was written. Eric Kunze is a Broadway veteran who has played the romantic leads in "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon" and starred as Joe Hardy in "Damn Yankees" with Jerry Lewis.

Jesus Christ Superstar is packed with hit songs including "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Could We Start Again Please" and, of course, "Superstar". Fierce rock rhythms, chunky power chords, pulsating tension along with heart-searing ballads all combine in Lloyd Webber's haunting and unforgettable score.

Purchase tickets at: Iowa State Center Ticket Office, All Ticketmaster Centers, Charge-by-Phone: 515-233-1888 or 712-252-3434 (Sioux City) or order online at www.ticketmaster.com.