Ted Neeley in the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ted Neeley in the film version of
Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ted Neeley, Barry Dennen, Yvonne Elliman, Clint Holmes, Ben Vereen, and film star Jack Black will headline a special concert performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles on August 13. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Proceeds from the evening will benefit YouTHeatre America and the Ricardo Montalban Foundation.

The show will be directed by Gary Goodard, with musical direction by Craig Barna. Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the last seven days of Christ's life; it began life as a concept album and opened on Broadway in 1971, where it ran for two years. The show received five Tony Award nominations and earned Lloyd-Webber a Drama Desk Award as "Most Promising Composer."

Neeley will play the title role, as he did in the 1973 film. Dennen and Elliman will reprise the roles of Pontius Pilate and Mary Magdalene, which they played on Broadway and in the 1973 film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Holmes, the popular singer and Las Vegas entertainer, will play Simon Zealotes. Vereen will play Judas Iscariot, as he did in the original Broadway production. Black will play King Herod; his many film credits include the current release, Nacho Libre, as well as School of Rock, King Kong, and High Fidelity. He is an alumnus of YouTHeatre.

For tickets and other information, call 323-462-6666 or 1-800-595-4TIX, or email youtheatream@aol.com.