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JESUS Christ Superstar, the iconic musical that reinvented musical theater for the modern age, continues its North American premiere of Timothy Sheader’s Olivier Award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera. The Lyric Opera production continues through May 20 and stars Ryan Shaw as Judas, Heath Saunders as Jesus and Jo Lampert as Mary Magdalene. The Chicago production features members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, and includes a total of 37 musicians and 48 cast members. For more information, go to jcsuperstar.org.
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Jesus Christ Superstar At Civic Opera House
Belanova & Moenia At Rosemont Theatre
FOUR-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Edward Gero is the featured actor in The Originalist, a “revolutionary work” that gives further insight into the sometimes controversial Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016 after serving as an associate justice for 30 years. In the play that runs May 10 through June 10 at Court Theatre, a quick-witted, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate is navigating a stressful and tense clerkship with the conservative justice. At the center of the tension is the question of how their relationship will come into play as the Court prepares to hear one of the most controversial cases to reach the country’s highest court. For more information, go to www.courttheatre.org.
The Buddy Holly Story At Stage 773
THE too-short life and times of rock’n’ roll legend Buddy Holly are the basis for the production, BUDDY––The Buddy Holly Story, at Stage 773 through May 26. Written by Alan Janes, directed by Lily-Anne Brown, with musical direction by ensemble member Michael Mahler, the story includes classic songs such as “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba and many more that influenced legendary musicians such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Elton John. “Lost too soon, we’re fortunate to have his vast songbook and recordings,” says Gwendolyn Whiteside, the venue’s artistic director. “American Blues is thrilled to share his legacy with the next generation.”
DESCRIBED as one of the most sensational Mexican pop acts of the mid-2000s, members of Belanova will display their talents on May 18 when their tour stops at Rosemont Theatre. The Grammy Award-winning band that formed in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 2000 has experienced big-time success in their native country, especially with their second album, Dulce Beat, whose single "Por Ti" enjoyed a record-setting 29 weeks atop MTV Mexico's Top 20 chart. Moeina will join Belanova on the tour and will exhibit its electronica/synthpop/ambient music that is popular in the Latin club scene.
The Originalist At Court Theatre