Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Cast for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

By David Salazar

The Lyric Opera of Chicago has announced the cast for its annual musical theater showcase, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

The production arrives on April 27, 2018 and runs all the way through May 20, 2018. The performances are slated to feature such artists as Heath Saunders, Ryan Shaw, Jo Lampert, Michael Cunio, Mykal Kilgore, Shaun Fleming, Josepht Anthony Byrd, Cavin Cornwall, and Andrew Mueller.

Per a press release, “’Jesus Christ Superstar’ is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.

The company is in the midst of a production of “I Puritani,” and will showcase “Faust,” “Così fan tutte,” “Fellow Travelers,” a Leonard Bernstein celebration, and a recital starring Piotr Beczala.