Jin Ha, Jason Tam, Brandon Victor Dixon, Norm Lewis, and More Join NBC’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT

NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” a staged version of the original rock musical, will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Alex Rudzinski, and will air Easter Sunday, April 1 from the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Helmed by British theatre director David Leveaux, Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony and 10-time Grammy winner John Legend leads the cast as Jesus Christ, with Broadway star and acclaimed recording artist Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, rock icon Alice Cooper as  King Herod, Tony Award-winning producer, “Hamilton” alum and “Power” co-star Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Tony nominee Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Tony nominee Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Broadway veteran Jason Tam as Peter, “M. Butterfly” star Jin Ha as Annas and Swedish rock star Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.

The ensemble will feature Melody Betts, Felicia Boswell, Abby Corrigan, Micaela Diamond, Rory Donovan, Christine Dwyer, Mike Evariste, F. Michael Haynie, Charissa Hogeland, Bre Jackson, Mykal Kilgore, Billy Lewis Jr., Joel Perez, Justin Gregory Lopez, Angel Lozada, Vince Oddo, Kyle Taylor Parker, Jonah Platt, Conor Ryan, Christina Sajous, Justin Matthew Sargent, Heath Saunders, Joey Taranto, Syndee Winters, and Lauren Zakrin, with dancers Chloe Davis, Timothy Edwards, Shelby Finnie, Bahiyah Hibah, Juel D. Lane, Terk Lewis, Mayte Natalio , Sarah Parker, Tre Smith, and Maleek Washington.

Rounding out the full, award-winning creative team is Emmy Award-winning live television director and executive producer Alex Rudzinski (“Hairspray Live!,” “Dancing With the Stars”), Emmy- and Tony Award-winning costumer designer Paul Tazewell (“The Wiz Live!,” “Hamilton”), Grammy Award-winning music producer Harvey Mason Jr. (“The Wiz Live!”), musical director Nigel Wright (“Jesus Christ Superstar” world arena tour), production designer Jason Ardizzone-West (“Adele Live in NYC”) and choreographer Camille A. Brown (“Once on This Island”).

Dixon will play Judas, an apostle of Jesus who has concerns for the poor and the consequences of Jesus’s popularity. Dixon won a Tony in 2014 as a producer of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” which won for Best Revival of a Musical. In 2006 Dixon was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Harpo in “The Color Purple,” and again in 2016 for his role as Eubie Blake in “Shuffle Along.”

In addition to his Tony nominations, Dixon is known to many Broadway theatergoers as Aaron Burr from the musical sensation “Hamilton.” Dixon played Burr for nearly a year at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In addition, he co-starred in a 2010 Off Broadway production of the musical “The Scottsboro Boys,” directed by Susan Stroman. On the TV side, Dixon currently co-stars on the Starz series “Power” as Terry Silver. He previously appeared on “The Good Wife” and performed on “The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” in December.

Ben Daniels will portray Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea who has a dream about the gruesome way Jesus will be killed. Daniels was Tony nominated in 2008 for Best Actor in a Play for his role as Le Vicomte de Valmont in “Les Liasons Dangereuses.” In 2016 he co-starred in the blockbuster film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” His TV credits include “The Exorcist” and “House of Cards.”

Tony nominee Norm Lewis will play Caiaphas, a high priest who sees Jesus as a threat to the nation. Lewis was Tony nominated in 2012 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” and is currently starring in the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of “Once on this Island.” Lewis’ other extensive Broadway credits include “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Miss Saigon,” “Chicago,” “Les Miserables,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Sondheim on Sondheim.” On the TV side, Lewis has appeared in “The Blacklist,” “Gotham,” “Chicago Med” and “Scandal.”

Jason Tam will portray Peter, one of the apostles who saves himself the night Jesus is arrested. Tam has worked steadily on Broadway and his credits include “Les Miserables,” “A Chorus Line,” “Lysistrata Jones” and “If/Then.” His TV appearances include “The Blacklist,” “Hawaii Five-0” and “Do No Harm.”

Jin Ha will play Annas, a priest who aligned with Caiaphas and also saw Jesus as a threat. Ha made his Broadway debut as Song Liling in the 2017 revival of “M. Butterfly” at the Cort Theatre.

Erik Gronwall will play apostle Simon Zealotes, who believes Jesus should lead his followers into battle against the Romans. Gronwall came to fame in 2009 by winning the Swedish version of “American Idol.” Using “Idol” to jumpstart his music career, Gronwall released his first single, “Higher,” a few weeks after winning the competition and the song immediately shot to #1 on the charts. “Higher,” along with his self-titled album, soon reached platinum. He currently is the lead singer of the band H.E.A.T., who tour worldwide.

The “Jesus Christ Superstar” album hit #1 on the Billboard charts and made its way to the stage in 1971. It is based on the final week of Jesus’ life. The 1971 musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus and Ben Vereen as Judas. It was nominated for five Tonys, including Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Vereen. Lloyd Webber won a Drama Desk Award for Most Promising Composer.

Since then, the musical has been considered a classic and has become a staple of theatre and music organizations throughout the world. It has been performed in nearly 20 countries and translated into 18 different languages. There have been many revivals of “Jesus Christ Superstar” over the 46 years since its debut, including 2000 and 2012 Broadway versions that each earned a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. The 1973 film was directed by Oscar winner Norman Jewison and starred Ted Neeley.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” will be produced by Universal Television, The Really Useful Group, Marc Platt Productions and Zadan/Meron Productions.

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Christiane Noll, Devin Ilaw, Darius de Haas, Krystina Alabado, F. Michael Haynie and Colin Hanlon in Benefit Reading of NEXT TO NORMAL

F. Michael Haynie, Charlie Alterman, Tom Kitt, Christiane Noll, Krystina Alabado and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt presented a one-night-only benefit staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at JCC Manhattan, (366 Amsterdam Avenue).

F. Michael Haynie, Darius de Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Devin Ilaw and Colin Hanlon. Photo by Lia Chang
F. Michael Haynie, Darius de Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Devin Ilaw and Colin Hanlon. Photo by Lia Chang

NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, NEXT TO NORMAL is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

Director Daniella Caggiano and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Daniella Caggiano and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Daniella Caggiano and featuring music direction by Charlie Alterman from the 2009 Broadway production, 100% of the proceeds from the evening’s performance are earmarked for The JED Foundation. Scroll down for coverage of the night including a special guest, NEXT TO NORMAL’s composer Tom Kitt.

F. Michael Haynie, Charlie Alterman, Tom Kitt, Christiane Noll, Krystina Alabado and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
F. Michael Haynie, Charlie Alterman, Tom Kitt, Christiane Noll, Krystina Alabado and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime), who won a 2017 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a musical for her role as Diana at TheaterWorks, was on hand to share her brilliant performance with a Manhattan audience. Her stellar cast mates included Broadway veteran Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) as Dan, Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones) as Natalie, Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) as Gabe, F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Henry, and Colin Hanlon (In Transit, Falsettos, “Modern Family”) as The Doctors.

(Back Row) Darius De Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Colin Hanlon, (Front Row) F. Michael Haynie and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
(Back Row) Darius De Haas, Krystina Alabado, Christiane Noll, Colin Hanlon, (Front Row) F. Michael Haynie and Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

The band included Conductor Charlie Alterman on the keys, Emily Chiu (violin), Jennifer Shaw (cello), Mike Rosengarten (guitar), Mary Ann McSweeney (bass) and Spencer Inch (drums).

Jennifer Shaw, Emily Chiu, Charlie Alterman, Mary Ann McSweeney, Mike Rosengarten and Spencer Inch. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Shaw, Emily Chiu, Charlie Alterman, Mary Ann McSweeney, Mike Rosengarten and Spencer Inch. Photo by Lia Chang

Inspired by the Hamlet quote, Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose and explore the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented.

Adee Shepen, Chief Development Officer, The JED Foundation and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang
Adee Shepen, Chief Development Officer, The JED Foundation and Producer Rachel Kunstadt. Photo by Lia Chang

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. They’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

NEXT TO NORMAL renunion: Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto and Tom Kitt. Photo by Lia Chang
NEXT TO NORMAL renunion: Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto and Tom Kitt. Photo by Lia Chang
Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto, Tom Kitt and Christiane Noll. Photo by Lia Chang
Charlie Alterman, Rita Pietropinto, Tom Kitt and Christiane Noll. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Daniella Caggiano, Producer Rachel Kunstadt, Krystina Alabado, Devin Ilaw and Musical Director Charlie Alterman. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Daniella Caggiano, Producer Rachel Kunstadt, Krystina Alabado, Devin Ilaw and Musical Director Charlie Alterman. Photo by Lia Chang

More information on Quintessence of Dust can be found at www.qodtheatre.org.

More information on The JED Foundation can be found at www.jedfoundation.org.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Devin Ilaw, Christiane Noll, Colin Hanlon, Darius de Haas and More Set for One Night Only Benefit Performance of NEXT TO NORMAL on February 1

Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt is presenting the one night only performance of Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal to benefit The JED Foundation. Directed by Daniella Caggiano and with music direction by Janet Noh, the event will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 pm at JCC Manhattan on 334 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.

Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones) will play Natalie, Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) will play Gabe, and F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will play Henry. They join Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) as Diana, Broadway veteran Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) as Dan, and Colin Hanlon (In Transit, Falsettos, “Modern Family”) as The Doctors.

Inspired by the Hamlet quote, Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose and explore the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented.

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. They’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

General admission tickets are priced at $80. VIP tickets that include assigned prime seating and admittance into the post-show reception are priced at $150. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.

More information on Quintessence of Dust can be found here.

100% of proceeds will benefit The JED Foundation.

Devin Ilaw, Brandon Uranowitz, Christiane Noll and More Lead One Night Only Benefit Performance of NEXT TO NORMAL on February 1

Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang
Devin Ilaw. Photo by Lia Chang

Quintessence of Dust Theatre Company/Rachel Kunstadt is presenting the one night only performance of Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal to benefit The JED Foundation. Directed by Daniella Caggiano and with music direction by Janet Noh, the event will take place on Thursday, February 1st at 7:00 pm at JCC Manhattan on 334 Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side.

Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones) will play Natalie, Devin Ilaw (Miss Saigon) will play Gabe, and F. Michael Haynie (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) will play Henry. They join Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) as Diana, Broadway veteran Darius de Haas (Shuffle Along) as Dan, and two-time Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz as The Doctors.

Inspired by the Hamlet quote, Quintessence of Dust produces theatrical creations that ask challenging questions, inspire exploration and passion, expose and explore the taboo, and give voice to the underrepresented.

The JED Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. They’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems. They’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. They’re encouraging community awareness, understanding and action for young adult mental health.

General admission tickets are priced at $80. VIP tickets that include assigned prime seating and admittance into the post-show reception are priced at $150. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased here.

More information on Quintessence of Dust can be found here.

100% of proceeds will benefit The JED Foundation.

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