Who played the first Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar?
Principal roles and casting history
|Character||Concept Album (1970)||Broadway (1971)|
|Jesus Christ||Ian Gillan||Jeff Fenholt|
|Judas Iscariot||Murray Head||Ben Vereen|
|Mary Magdalene||Yvonne Elliman|
|Caiaphas||Victor Brox||Bob Bingham|
When was Jesus Christ Superstar first on Broadway?
Originally released as a concept album, the show opened on Broadway in 1971 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. The original London production ran for over eight years. By the time it closed, after 3,358 performances, it had become the longest-running musical in West End history at that time.
Who played Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Broadway?
Platinum-Selling Recording Artist and Broadway Star/Composer of “Waitress”, Sara Bareilles has been cast as Mary Magdalene opposite John Legend in NBC’s special event “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” to be aired Easter Sunday, April 1.
What rock star played in Jesus Christ Superstar?
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: Rock-star roll call
Ian Gillan, lead vocalist for rock band Deep Purple, sang Jesus’ songs. Murray Head, who later stormed the U.S. pop charts with “One Night in Bangkok,” performed as Judas. Broadway premiere: Ben Vereen was the biggest theater name in the original 1971 cast.
Did Yvonne Elliman sing with Eric Clapton?
She was asked to sing backing vocals on Eric Clapton’s version of the Bob Marley song “I Shot the Sheriff” in 1974. She then went on tour as part of Clapton’s band, and soon afterwards got her own recording contract with RSO Records.