Mark Hellinger Theatre, (10/12/1971 - 7/01/1973)

First Preview: Sep 29, 1971
Opening Date: Oct 12, 1971
Closing Date: Jul 01, 1973
Total Previews: 13
Total Performances: 711

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Description: The last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth
Setting: Bethany, Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate's palace, the garden of Gethsemane, house of Herod, Golgotha

Opening Night Production Staff

Mark Hellinger General Manager: Arthur Rubin

Produced by Robert Stigwood; Produced in association with MCA, Inc.; Produced by arrangement with David Land; Associate Producer: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.

Lyrics by Tim Rice; Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Musical Director: Marc Pressel; Music orchestrated by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Conceived for the stage by Tom O'Horgan; Directed by Tom O'Horgan

Scenic Design by Robin Wagner; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Costume Design by Randy Barcelo; Stereo Sound Designed by Taplin Productions

General Manager: Gatchell & Neufeld, Ltd.; Company Manager: John Corkill

Production Supervisor: Charles Gray; Stage Manager: Galen McKinley

Musician: Randall's Island; Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon; Music Preparation: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller

General Press Representative for Robert Stigwood: Solters / Sabinson / Roskin Inc.; General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Leo Stern; Casting: Michael Shurtleff; Dance Captain: Tom Stovall; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

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Opening Night Cast

Yvonne EllimanMary Magdalene
Jeff FenholtJesus of Nazareth
Ben VereenJudas Iscariot
Paul AinsleyKing Herod
Merchant
Leper
Bob BinghamCaiaphas
Barry DennenPontius Pilate
Robalee BarnesApostle
Merchant
Leper
Reporter
Eddie BartonJudas' Tormentor
Soldier
Steven BellThird Priest
Ferne BorkReporter
Apostle Woman
Temple Lady
Leper
Alan BraunsteinFirst Priest
Celia BrinCured Leper
Apostle Woman
Temple Lady
Dennis BuckleySimon Zealotes
Merchant
Leper
Kay ColeReporter
Apostle Woman
Temple Lady
Leper
Dennis CooleyCured Leper
Apostle
Charlotte CrossleySoul Girl
Leper
Denise DelapenhaApostle Woman
Temple Lady
Leper
Pi DouglasCured Leper
Apostle
Reporter
Tony GardnerJudas' Tormentor
Soldier
Robin GreanCured Leper
Temple Lady
Michael JasonPeter
Merchant
Leper
Phil JethroAnnas
Cliff LipsonCured Leper
Apostle
Merchant
Doug LucasApostle
Leper
Reporter
Michael MeadowsSecond Priest
Laura MichaelsCured Leper
Temple Lady
Anita MorrisReporter
Apostle Woman
Temple Lady
Leper
Ted NeeleyReporter
Leper
Cecelia NorfleetSoul Girl
Leper
Janet PowellSoul Girl
Leper
Linda RiosMaid by the Fire
Leper
James SbanoCured Leper
Apostle
Merchant
Peter SchlosserOld Man
Apostle
Leper
Bonnie SchonCured Leper
Temple Lady
Reporter
Tom StovallSoldier
Judas' Tormentor
Paul SylvanSoldier
Judas' Tormentor
Margaret WarnckeReporter
Leper
Willie WindsorReporter
Apostle
Leper
Samuel E. WrightApostle
Reporter
Leper
Kurt YaghjianReporter
Leper

Swings: Marsha Faye and Nat Morris

Understudies: Robalee Barnes (Simon Zealotes), Dennis Cooley (Jesus of Nazareth), Denise Delapenha (Mary Magdalene), Michael Jason (Annas), Phil Jethro (Pontius Pilate), Cliff Lipson (First Priest, Second Priest), Doug Lucas (Third Priest), Michael Meadows (King Herod), Ted Neeley (Jesus of Nazareth), Peter Schlosser (Caiaphas), Willie Windsor (Peter) and Kurt Yaghjian (Judas Iscariot)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1972 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice

 1972 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Ben Vereen

 1972 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Robin Wagner

 1972 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Randy Barcelo

 1972 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Jules Fisher

Drama Desk Award

winner 1972 Most Promising Composer [winner] 

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Theatre World

winner 1972 Award [recipient] 

Ben Vereen

Songs

music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Tim Rice

ACT 1 Sung By
Heaven on Their MindsJudas Iscariot
What's the BuzzJesus of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, Apostles and Women
Strange Thing MystifyingJudas Iscariot, Jesus of Nazareth, Apostles and Women
Everything's AlrightMary Magdalene, Judas Iscariot, Jesus of Nazareth, Apostle and Women
This Jesus Must DieCaiaphas, Annas, Priests and Company
HosannaCaiaphas, Jesus of Nazareth and Company
Simon ZealotesSimon Zealotes, Soul Girls and Company
Poor JerusalemJesus of Nazareth
Pilate's DreamPontius Pilate
The TempleJesus of Nazareth and Company
I Don't Know How to Love HimMary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth
Damned For All TimeJudas Iscariot, Annas, Caiaphas and Priests
ACT 2 Sung By
The Last SupperJesus of Nazareth, Judas Iscariot and Apostles
GethsemaneJesus of Nazareth
The ArrestPeter, Jesus of Nazareth, Apostles, Reporters, Caiaphas and Annas
Peter's DenialMaid by the Fire, Peter, Soldier, Old Man and Mary Magdalene
Pilate and ChristPontius Pilate, Soldier, Jesus of Nazareth and Company
King Herod's SongKing Herod
Could We Start Again, Please?Mary Magdalene and Peter
Judas' DeathJudas Iscariot, Annas and Caiaphas
Trial Before PilatePontius Pilate, Caiaphas, Jesus of Nazareth and The Mob
SuperstarJudas Iscariot, Soul Girls and Company
CrucifixionCompany and Jesus of Nazareth
John 19:41Orchestra

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Mark Hellinger Theatre

(10/12/1971 - 7/1/1973)
Musical Director: Gordon Lowry Harrell.

Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Assistant to Mr. Fisher: Carol Rubinstein.

Assistant Co. Mgr: Maribeth Gilbert.

Production Supervisor: Galen McKinley; Stage Manager: William Schill; Assistant Stage Mgr: Robert W. Pitman.

Dance Captain: Christopher Allen.

Cast

Christopher Allen
Apostle
Cured Leper
Reporter
Seth Allen
Pontius Pilate (Jan 24, 1972 - ?)
Roy Bailey
Apostle
Leper
Reporter
Edward Q. Bhartonn
Judas' Tormentor
Soldier
Alan Blair
Judas' Tormentor
Soldier
Penelope Bodry
Cured Leper
Temple Lady
Gail Boggs
Singer
Soul Girl
Robert Brandon
Leper
Merchant
Peter
Dennis Cooley
Jesus of Nazareth
Martha Deering
Apostle Woman
Cured Leper
Temple Lady
Kathye Dezina
Broadway debut
Mary Magdalene
W.P. Dremak
Pontius Pilate
Carol Estey
Leper
Reporter
Temple Lady
Greg Evigan
Apostle
Cured Leper
Merchant
Tormentor (Judas' Death)
Realinda Farrell
Singer
Soul Girl
Lorraine Feather
Apostle Woman
Leper
Reporter
Temple Lady
Lynn Gerb
Apostle Woman
Leper
Reporter
William Gestrich
Apostle
Dan Gibson
Leper
Merchant
Singer
DeMarest Grey
Apostle
William Daniel Grey
Annas
Marta Heflin
Mary Magdalene (Apr 17, 1972 - ?)
Spence Henderson
Judas' Tormentor
Soldier
Jeffrey Hillock
First Priest
Patrick Jude
Judas Iscariot
Stephen Klein
Caiaphas
Michael Lamont
Apostle
Leper
Merchant
Reporter
Tormentor (Judas' Death)
Roger Lawson
Second Priest
Cliff Lipson
Judas' Tormentor
Soldier
Doug Lucas
Old Man
Reggie Mack
Leper
Merchant
Simon Zealotes
George Mansour
Broadway debut
Pontius Pilate
William Parry
Third Priest
Shezwae Powell
Singer
Soul Girl
Christina Putnam
Apostle Woman
Cured Leper
Reporter
Temple Lady
Curt Ralston
Leper
Merchant
Singer
Linda Ribbach
Apostle Woman
Cured Leper
Temple Lady
Vicki Sue Robinson
Leper
Reporter
Singer
James Sbano
Judas' Tormentor
Soldier
Mark Shannon
Apostle
Cured Leper
Merchant
Reporter
Tormentor (Judas' Death)
Dennis Simpson
Apostle
Judas' Tormentor
Leper
Merchant
Reporter
Soldier
Jack Starkey
Apostle
Singer
Shirley Sypert
Apostle Woman
Singer
Soul Girl
Victor Vail
Apostle
Cured Leper
Reporter
Margaret Warncke
Maid by the Fire
Randy Wilson
Apostle
Cured Leper
Merchant



Understudies: William Daniel Grey (Jesus of Nazareth), Reggie Mack (Judas Iscariot), James Sbano (Judas Iscariot), Shirley Sypert (Mary Magdalene).


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