Teens star in musical of Judas and Jesus

Rehearsals for Easy Street Theatre Co's production of Jesus Christ Superstar
Rehearsals for Easy Street Theatre Co's production of Jesus Christ Superstar
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A generation of us grew up hearing Yvonne Elliman singing I Don’t Know How to Love Him on Top of the Pops.

Now the next generation are caught up in the current revival of Jesus Christ Superstar as the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical comes to Sheffield this September.

Easy Street Theatre Company will be performing the specially licensed youth theatre version at The Montgomery theatre next week and have been rehearsing all summer.

The show is set during the last few days of Jesus’s life as he and his disciples are coming back to Jerusalem.

A large part of the plot focuses on Judas Iscariot, who is portrayed as a tragic character who is concerned about the popularity of Jesus and his growing following.

Judas is worried that Jesus and his followers will be seen as a threat by the occupying Romans, as Jesus may be taking his religious crusade too far.

Will Judas stay loyal or eventually opt for betrayal? The final days of Jesus Christ have arrived…

The Easy Street teenagers were last in town with the hugely successful Peter Pantomime at the Library Theatre and now their autumn season is kicking off with this spectacular rock opera where every single word is sung.

The show has a pedigree history from the early 1970s where it started as a concept album, then was performed on Broadway, in Sydney, Paris and London’s West End, before the 1973 film production.

It has toured internationally since then but was back on our horizons with the ITV primetime show called Superstar.

That gave the public the chance to decide who would play the starring role of Jesus in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar which also starred comedian Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and DJ Chris Moyles as King Herod.

Director Sallianne Foster-Major said: “This is an amazing, highly emotional piece of theatre that the principals have really got to grips with.”

Jesus Christ Superstar is at the Montgomery from next Wednesday, September 10, to Saturday 13.

For tickets call 07542 131449, or go online and visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk