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By J. Wynn Rousuck Show times at Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 10. Tickets are $10. Call (410) 752-1225. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' | February 8, 1996
Another drag comedyFresh from the folks who brought you "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" last season, the Spotlighters Theatre will present another Charles Busch comedy in drag, "Psycho Beach Party," opening tomorrow.Set in Malibu Beach in the early 1960s, "Psycho Beach Party" is described as a combination of "Gidget," "The Three Faces of Eve" and "Mommie Dearest." Direction is by Terry J. Long, who staged last season's Busch production, and the cast features several veterans of that show, including Bryan Dingle, Randal Hadaway and Brian Jacobs.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Opera AACC is celebrating its 11th anniversary this month with a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar," running Feb. 1-9 at Anne Arundel Community College's Robert Kauffman Theater at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts. Director Douglas Brandt Byerly, chairman of AACC's performing arts department, said he hopes the show reflects his admiration of Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking work, as well as his own appreciation of the production's three leading players: Emily Sergo as Mary Magdalene, Robert Bradley as Judas and Benjamin Lurye as Jesus.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Opera AACC is celebrating its 11th anniversary this month with a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar," running Feb. 1-9 at Anne Arundel Community College's Robert Kauffman Theater at the Pascal Center for Performing Arts. Director Douglas Brandt Byerly, chairman of AACC's performing arts department, said he hopes the show reflects his admiration of Lloyd Webber's groundbreaking work, as well as his own appreciation of the production's three leading players: Emily Sergo as Mary Magdalene, Robert Bradley as Judas and Benjamin Lurye as Jesus.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 22, 2005
Top Hat Theater Productions, the new theater company launched by Jeffrey Glenn Hitaffer and Jamie Hanna, is in final rehearsals of Jesus Christ Superstar, scheduled to open Aug. 5 at Chesapeake Arts Center's 904-seat Main Theatre in Brooklyn Park. At a rehearsal last week, Hitaffer and co-director Hanna seemed to have everything under control. Absent was the chaos usually encountered at soon-to-open productions. Reflecting on how the company's name was chosen, Hitaffer said, "It's a name to signify the class image that we wish to project by creating excellence in every aspect of theater.
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By Steve McKerrow | January 31, 1994
The rock opera opened on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971, and ran for 711 performances.It was not the first Bible-based collaboration by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. They earlier had success with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical that is also currently on a national revival tour, starring Donnie Osmond.A cast recording album of "Superstar" came out shortly before the play opened. And even earlier, in December 1969, a 45-rpm single recording of the title song had been released to help promote the forthcoming show.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 23, 1998
"A Labor of Love," the annual fund-raiser for the Howard County AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund, will celebrate its 10th anniversary a week from tonight with a benefit concert performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar."The cast, which includes a number of Broadway and Hollywood actors -- many with local ties -- will be headed by Odenton-based Larry Friedman, who understudied and played the title role in the Ted Neeley international tour of this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical. Michelle Rios, who plays Mary Magdalen, is a Marylander who made her Broadway debut in Paul Simon's "The Capeman" and is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music."
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 22, 2005
Top Hat Theater Productions, the new theater company launched by Jeffrey Glenn Hitaffer and Jamie Hanna, is in final rehearsals of Jesus Christ Superstar, scheduled to open Aug. 5 at Chesapeake Arts Center's 904-seat Main Theatre in Brooklyn Park. At a rehearsal last week, Hitaffer and co-director Hanna seemed to have everything under control. Absent was the chaos usually encountered at soon-to-open productions. Reflecting on how the company's name was chosen, Hitaffer said, "It's a name to signify the class image that we wish to project by creating excellence in every aspect of theater.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 24, 2005
Forming a new theater company in Anne Arundel County might seem somewhat risky considering the number of entrenched companies. Colonial Players, Pasadena Theatre Company, Merely Players, Second Star and Bay Theatre are all vying for the same general audience. But that risk hasn't deterred 32-year-old song-and-dance man Jeffrey Glenn Hitaffer from forming Top Hat Theater Productions, which is in rehearsals at Chesapeake Arts Center with Jesus Christ Superstar, scheduled to open Aug. 5 and run weekends through Aug. 14 at the center's 900-seat main theater.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Special to the Sun | July 14, 1995
If the rock opera format of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" seemed a bit controversial back in 1971, watching the show now is more of a reassuring nostalgia trip.As the current revival at Towson State University makes clear, "Superstar" still rocks. And, for better or worse, it still has tunes you can't get out of your head.This production aims to put its own stamp on the material by making Judas (Shawn Doyle) a somewhat moodier and more introspective fellow than is usually the case in this oft-produced play.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 26, 1992
THEATER'Jesus Christ Superstar'Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar" made its U.S. debut as a concert, and the production that has launched its national tour at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre returns to those roots. Although the show is clearly a fully staged musical, the concert concept is reinforced by the set, lighting and sound equipment. Stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson powerfully reprise their 1973 movie roles. Performances are today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and tomorrow at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50-$47.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 24, 2005
Forming a new theater company in Anne Arundel County might seem somewhat risky considering the number of entrenched companies. Colonial Players, Pasadena Theatre Company, Merely Players, Second Star and Bay Theatre are all vying for the same general audience. But that risk hasn't deterred 32-year-old song-and-dance man Jeffrey Glenn Hitaffer from forming Top Hat Theater Productions, which is in rehearsals at Chesapeake Arts Center with Jesus Christ Superstar, scheduled to open Aug. 5 and run weekends through Aug. 14 at the center's 900-seat main theater.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | November 23, 1998
"A Labor of Love," the annual fund-raiser for the Howard County AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund, will celebrate its 10th anniversary a week from tonight with a benefit concert performance of "Jesus Christ Superstar."The cast, which includes a number of Broadway and Hollywood actors -- many with local ties -- will be headed by Odenton-based Larry Friedman, who understudied and played the title role in the Ted Neeley international tour of this Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical. Michelle Rios, who plays Mary Magdalen, is a Marylander who made her Broadway debut in Paul Simon's "The Capeman" and is currently appearing in the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music."
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. Wynn Rousuck Show times at Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 10. Tickets are $10. Call (410) 752-1225. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' | February 8, 1996
Another drag comedyFresh from the folks who brought you "Vampire Lesbians of Sodom" last season, the Spotlighters Theatre will present another Charles Busch comedy in drag, "Psycho Beach Party," opening tomorrow.Set in Malibu Beach in the early 1960s, "Psycho Beach Party" is described as a combination of "Gidget," "The Three Faces of Eve" and "Mommie Dearest." Direction is by Terry J. Long, who staged last season's Busch production, and the cast features several veterans of that show, including Bryan Dingle, Randal Hadaway and Brian Jacobs.
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By Steve McKerrow | January 31, 1994
The rock opera opened on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971, and ran for 711 performances.It was not the first Bible-based collaboration by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. They earlier had success with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical that is also currently on a national revival tour, starring Donnie Osmond.A cast recording album of "Superstar" came out shortly before the play opened. And even earlier, in December 1969, a 45-rpm single recording of the title song had been released to help promote the forthcoming show.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,SUN ARTS WRITER | April 10, 2003
Three decades after Jesus Christ Superstar first became a hit, it's striking how shrewd and savvy the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber interpretation of the New Testament remains. Despite some unavoidably dated dialogue, the 1971 version of the betrayal and execution of the man thought by Christians to be the son of God is alternately cheeky and affecting. The show wrestles with such issues as mob psychology, the seductive hazards of celebrity and free will. Rice, who wrote the lyrics, imbued the figures cast by history as the villains of this story - Judas and Pontius Pilate - with a complex humanity.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | January 30, 1994
'A Thurber Carnival' begins three-weekend runLiberty Showcase Theatre's production of "A Thurber Carnival" -- a collection of humorous sketches by James Thurber -- begins a three-weekend run at Winand Elementary School, 8301 Scotts Level Road, on Friday.Under the direction of Allan Dale 3rd, the cast of 12 features Roman Gusso and Barbara Franklin in the favorite Thurber roles of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mitty. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees next Sunday and Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8. For further information call (410)
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