Jesus Christ Superstar to close July 1

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Jesus Christ SuperstarTony Award nominated Jesus Christ Superstar revival has hinted at a closing date. Should business not pick up, July 1 will be the production’s final performance. At the time, Jesus Christ Superstar will have been in residence at the Neil Simon Theatre for 24 preview and 116 regular performances.

The production received mixed reviews for its Broadway incarnation. The flashy revival didn’t settle well with all critics, particularly Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. In his review, Isherwood says he finds “the show alternately hilarious and preposterous — if often infectiously melodic.” The glitzy end of Jesus and the common eruption of audience applause are a bit absurd to him and a few Twitter enthusiasts as well. Brantley also suggests “if a musical were to be judged by the amount of time its characters spent gazing meaningfully into the audience, this production would be trumps,” putting the directorial choices of Des McAnuff in question. Actually, Isherwod’s entire review is quotable and quite amusing as well.

Most reviews note the impressive vocals from the cast, citing Josh Young as a standout performer. But the garishness of the production is alarming for many. Though, for David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter the show is an entertaining guilty pleasure, perfect for the ‘70s nostalgists.

The Broadway cast features Paul Nolan, Josh Young and Chilina Kennedy reprising their roles as Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene, respectively. Tom Hewitt takes on the role of Pontius Pilate, with Bruce Dow as King Herod, Marcus Nance as Caiaphas and Aaron Walpole as Annas. In addition to receiving a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical, Young also earned a nomination for Best Featured Actor.