Jesus Christ Superstar
03 Apr 2019
Jesus Christ Superstar will rock Wall Street stage!!
Jesus Christ Superstar is one of Paul Green’s favorite shows.
But unlike most fans of the 1970 rock opera, he has the chops to bring it to the stage. Green, creator of the country’s most successful music education program, has founded the new advanced Paul Green Rock Academy. On Saturday, April 6th, Green’s young musicians will rock Norwalk’s Wall Street Theater stage with their production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical. All ticket sales will benefit the Wall Street Theater.
Green loves Jesus Christ Superstar for many reasons. It’s a powerful show with memorable music. It includes songs with odd time signatures and different genres of rock, making it an excellent teaching tool. Green has spent his lifetime teaching young musicians how to play. He founded School of Rock in his living room, and grew it to 56 locations. He sold it, but never lost his love of working with teenagers. Now he’s returned to his roots. The Paul Green Rock Academy is his dream school, only for advanced and dedicated musicians. It has two locations – Norwalk and Philadelphia – with admission by audition only.
Superstar is a stretch for any troupe. The original album featured Ian Gillan as Jesus, Murray Head as Judas and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, backed by the best studio musicians in Britain.
Green motivates his students to strive for those heights. He has directed Jesus Christ Superstar before. But he calls this young Fairfield County group “the best I’ve ever worked with. I’m unusually blessed with amazing vocalists. I wanted to really challenge them. They’re singing their butts off.”
The innovative casting includes three different girls as Jesus (he needed special licensing to do that), and two different as Judas. One Jesus, Addie Teolis, is also an excellent bass player. “When she started, she couldn’t stop smiling on stage,” Green says. “But she’s learned to really inhabit her role. When she meets her end as Jesus, it’s heartbreaking. She really captures the emotion.” Bassist Liam Orr adds a “sweet baritone” as he plays Caiaphas, Green says. Some of the cast members were already familiar with Jesus Christ Superstar. Others were not. Green has helped them all understand the show’s place in musical history. Now, he says, they love it. And he loves watching them “sing their hearts out.”
Green is excited by the many opportunities he’ll provide for his students. Soon, they’ll open for Jon Anderson of Yes. But the April 6th production of Green’s favorite show will be particularly special.
Part of it is the music. Part is the stunning talent in this group. And part is the venue. The Wall Street Theater is big and historic – perfect for the sprawling, age-old but newly retold tale of Jesus Christ and his disciples.
Paul Green is one of many Jesus Christ Superstar fans. He promises them, “This will be one of the best productions you’ll ever see.”
(For tickets and more information on the April 6 show, click on www.PaulGreenRock.com )