Wednesday, March 25, 2015

'Jesus Christ Superstar' and three of the movie's stars coming to the Cinematheque

[Press release from the Cleveland Cinematheque.]

The 1973 film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera/Passion play JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR will receive a special screening, with three of the movie’s stars in attendance, on Monday, March 30, at 7:00 pm at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, 11141 East Boulevard in University Circle. Attending will be Ted Neeley (Jesus), Barry Dennen (Pontius Pilate—not only in the movie but also on the original JCS concept album and on Broadway), and Bob Bingham (Caiaphas).

All three men will answer audience questions from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. At 7:30 Norman Jewison’s film, which is rated G and lasts 107 minutes, will be shown in a new digital restoration. After the movie, the three special guests will greet fans and sign autographs.
Tickets to the event cost $12; Cinematheque members $9; age 25 & under $8. $12 and $9 tickets can be purchased in advance at If seats remain, $8 will go on sale starting at 6 pm on 3/30 at the Cinematheque box office, cash and check only.
Though best known for his role as Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Neeley also appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s DJANGO UNCHAINED. Dennen, who lived with Barbra Streisand early in her career and wrote a book about their relationship, has also appeared in THE SHINING, SHOCK TREATMENT (sequel to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), and TITANIC and supplied one of the voices in Jim Henson’s THE DARK CRYSTAL. He originated the role of the emcee in Harold Prince’s London production of CABARET.

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