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Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar at Arlington's Historic Regent Theatre
Rediscover The Rock Opera That Changed The World!
In 1970, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber gathered an orchestra and a slew of their rock musician friends and recorded a concept album called Jesus Christ Superstar - A Rock Opera. Within two years, Superstar was up on Broadway, a film version soon followed, and Rice and Webber became household names.
In 2000, 30 years after Jesus Christ Superstar's initial release, Boston musicians, Alan Ware and Sal Clemente formed the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra to record a modern interpretation of Jesus Christ Superstar.
The URO completed their version of JCS in 2003, and now, ten years later, the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra will perform their version of Jesus Christ Superstar live at The Regent Theatre in Arlington.
URO's JCS is a full-on contemporary rock and roll spectacle, with band and singers on stage throughout the performance - complete with epic lighting, thunderous sound and not a robe or sandal in sight.
Producer Sal Clemente explains - "Our goal is to transport the audience through the power of the music and voices; to make rock and roll choices wherever we can in how we visually tell the story; to envision what it might have been like to see and hear Ian Gillan, Murray Head, and Joe Cocker's band perform JCS and translate that into contemporary theatrical terms."
He continues, "What sets this Superstar apart is the many years spent divining how to tell the story, and the particular passion and long, close relationships of the performers. This is a giant-full-on-rock band performing Superstar. There won't ever be another version like this."
If you want to see a version of Jesus Christ Superstar that harkens back to JCS's album origins, the URO's production might just provide you with the ultimate live JCS experience.