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Pictured: Destan Owens
Paramount Theatre has announced casting for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Directed by Ron Kellum, the production features Destan Owens (Jesus of Nazareth), Mykal Kilgore (Judas Iscariot), Felicia Boswell (Mary Magdalene), Rufus Bonds, Jr. (Pontius Pilate), Avionce Hoyles (King Herod/Annas) and Lorenzo Rush Jr. (Caiaphas). The ensemble includes Stephen “Blu” Allen, Jos N. Banks, Ciera Dawn, Gilbert Domally, Candace C. Edwards, Jared D.M. Grant, Keirsten Hodgens, Mark J.P. Hood, Reneisha Jenkins, Micheal Lovette, Evan Tyrone Martin, Gabriel Mudd, Brian Nelson Jr., Renellè Nicole, Jaymes Osborne, Kafi Pierre, Jon Pierce, Travis Porchia, Camille Robinson, Alexis J. Roston and Jessica Brooke Seals.
“This is an incredible opportunity to unite the retelling of one of the greatest stories with an iconic piece of musical theater through the voices and lens of my community,” said Kellum. “‘Why an all-black Superstar?’ ‘Why not.’ Our responsibility as storytellers is to find ways to represent truth in ways that translate to every audience no matter of color, creed, orientation or status. This will be a soul stirring experience!”
The creative team includes Tom Vendafreddo and Kory Danielson (co-music directors), Kevin Depinet (set design), Theresa Ham (costume design), Greg Hofmann (lighting design), Mike Tutaj (projection design), and Adam Rosenthal (sound design).
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR runs April 19th through May 28th. For more information visit ParamountAurora.com