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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar to tour North American in Autumn 2019

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REGENT’S Park Open Air Theatre have confirmed the announcement by Stephen Gabriel, President and Executive Producer of Work Light Productions, that their Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Jesus Christ Superstar will commence a North American Tour in the Autumn of 2019.

The tour will be produced by The Really Useful Group and Work Light Productions.

“Superstar speaks to both theatre audiences and concert music fans. This production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring,” said Stephen Gabriel, President of Work Light Productions.

Directed by Timothy Sheader, the creative team also includes Tom Scutt (set and costume design), Drew McOnie (choreography), Tom Deering (music supervision) and Lee Curran (lighting design).

The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, selling out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017.

Jesus Christ Superstar is a proven musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this epic work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV. Now, almost 10 years after the last major tour in the US, this award-winning Regent’s Park production will play over 50 markets throughout North America.

The Really Useful Group is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre producing and rights licensing company and controls the theatrical rights for all of Lloyd Webber’s works, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Sunset Boulevard and School of Rock – The Musical. The Really Useful Group reached over 20 million people across the globe last year from live theatre and concert audiences, cinema goers, television viewers and music fans, to social media and art lovers.

This year The Really Useful Group continues to work across film, television and theatre as it produces and develops new projects and partnerships worldwide alongside its ongoing work in education, amateur licensing and music publishing.

Work Light Productions is dedicated to creating and producing live entertainment. Current productions include Motown, Something Rotten!, the 20th anniversary tour of Rent, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and White Christmas and they are currently developing Clue, a new stage play based on the Paramount movie. They also produced Julie Andrews, The Gift of Music at The Hollywood Bowl and London’s O2 Arena.

Other recent touring productions include the Tony Award-winners American Idiot, In the Heights, Avenue Q and Mamma Mia!. WLP is led by founding partner and President Stephen Gabriel and Vice President Nancy Gabriel.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago, have also confirmed full casting for the production which plays from April 27 to May 20, 2018.

The cast is led by Broadway performer Heath Saunders (as Jesus), three-time GRAMMY Award-nominated soul singer Ryan Shaw (Judas), tUnE-yArDs tour vocalist Jo Lampert (Mary Magdalene), Broadway and Postmodern Jukebox performers Michael Cunio (Pilate) and Mykal Kilgore (Simon Zealotes), Diane Coffee frontman Shaun Fleming (Herod), Cavin Cornwall, who reprises his Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre performance (Caiaphas), Broadway artist Joseph Anthony Byrd (Annas), and Chicago-based artist Andrew Mueller (Peter).