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Jesus Christ Superstar at Riverside Theatres

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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The phenomenon that is Jesus Christ Superstar is far from over with a spectacular new production, on its way to Sydney, and it's sure to 'wow' audiences once again when it hits Parramatta's Riverside Theatres this February.

Behind this rock musical are Packemin Productions, who brought us Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, amongst other well-known theatrical masterpieces. The music is by non-other than the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice.

This timeless story of Christ is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events, as seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles. As it goes, the radical teachings of Jesus are being embraced by the people and Judas finds himself increasingly questioning the motives of this new prophet. What results is a betrayal that eventually leads to Christ's death by crucifixion.

The final days of Jesus are dramatised with emotional intensity, along with thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. All the iconic songs are there, from I Don't Know How to Love Him to Everything's Alright and the title, Jesus Christ Superstar, of course.

Running for 2hrs and 15mins (including interval), this production stars Joe Kalou as Jesus, Toby Francis as Judas and Brittanie Shipway as Mary, amongst a cast of other fine actors and singers.

Tickets range from $42-$55, based on which day you attend and whether or not you are a Riverside Theatre member or a concession holder. The majority of performances are in the evening at 7.30pm, with a few morning and early afternoon sessions available. All the FAQ's can be found here.

Illuminating the power of the human spirit with a passion that hits the heart, Jesus Christ Superstar is a night at the theatre that you won't forget and, with the Riverside Theatres conveniently located on the corner of Church and Market Streets with many restaurants nearby, you have the opportunity to pair your outing with lunch or dinner. A variety of different cuisines are at your fingertips in cosmopolitan Parramatta and The Novotel, across the road, has pre-show dining options that include parking.
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Phone: 02 8839 3399
Where: Cnr Church & Market Sts, Parramatta
Cost: $42-$55
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