Sold-out venues, standing ovations that last for minutes, and enthusiastic responses from the press and audiences. The international rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar captured the hearts of tens of thousands in 2015. By special request from none other than Jesus himself, Ted Neeley, the musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is returning to the Netherlands one last time. A unique opportunity to see the 73-year-old Ted Neeley in the role of his life.
This largest English-spoken production of Jesus Chris Superstar, directed by Massimo Piparo, was inspired by the 1973 film of the same name, in which Ted Neeley also shines in the role of Jesus. Ted Neeley was thirty years old when he took on the part of the Son of God on the silver screen. No less than 43 years later, he is still Jesus. Due to its great success, TEC Entertainment is bringing this special production back to Amsterdam, The Hague and Groningen late this year for a number of performances.
The world-renowned rock opera tells the story of the last week of Jesus's life, as seen through the eyes of his best friend and traitor, Judas. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece, the moving lyrics by Tim Rice and the seasoned Ted Neeley together form a (nearly) holy trinity, and are supported by more than fifty cast members and a live orchestra. Allow yourself to be swept away by wonderful songs such as ‘I don’t know how to love him,’ ‘Superstar’ and the phenomenal ‘Gethsemane.’
Neeley wants to go to the Netherlands
Dutch audiences were first introduced to this unique performance of Jesus Christ Superstar during the Uitmarkt Sing-a-long in 2015. As of that moment, tickets began to sell quickly and the World Forum Theatre sold out night after night. Responses from the thousands of visitors were ecstatic and Ted Neeley felt that, as well. For that reason, director Massimo Piparo asked to return to the Netherlands one more time. In late 2016, Neeley will return to Europe for the last time to take on the role of Jesus. On 14 December 2016, Jesus Christ Superstar will start right in the heart of bustling Amsterdam. Because where can this rock opera be better appreciated than at the rock temple that is the Heineken Music Hall? Neeley: “I am very pleased that Dutch audiences came out in such great numbers in late 2015 to see this masterpiece. The responses were heart warming. I am already looking forward to returning.”
Enthusiastic press and audiences
Neeley plays his role with verve and leaves a deep impression with his interpretation of Jesus. Not only have audience responses been overwhelming, but the press, too, has been full of praise. Here's what some of the reviews said: ‘Chillingly high notes during ‘Gethsemane’ rightly leads to extensive bravos. Five stars!’ (De Gelderlander) ‘Neeley is the indisputable focal point of the show,’ (De Volkskrant) ‘Overwhelming show with an incredibly tight rock band, whirling dancers and outstanding singers,’ (Vrij Nederland).
You have the opportunity to witness it one last time. An experience that will never be forgotten and a unique opportunity to see Ted Neeley in the role of his life.