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Director Des McAnuff Talks About ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Aired 12/1/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Des McAnuff is the artistic director at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He is Director Emeritus at the La Jolla Playhouse. He directed "Jesus Christ Superstar."


Watch Friday, Dec. 2 for a feature on "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene and Paul Nolan as Jesus in
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Above: Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene and Paul Nolan as Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar," currently running at The La Jolla Playhouse before it heads to Broadway. Photo by David Hou.

Before "Evita," before "Phantom of the Opera," before "Cats" composer Andrew Lloyd Webber burst into popular culture with his irreverent, but sweeping musical about the life of Christ, "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Now, a revival of the 1970's musical is coming to the La Jolla Playhouse directed by one the Playhouse's most illustrious alumni...Des McAnuff.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" runs through December 31 at the La Jolla Playhouse and then goes on to Broadway.

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Missionaccomplished | December 1, 2011 at 7:42 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

It's Ted Neeley or it's no one. He owned the part. This is almost like casting Thor in the role.

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