Widely described as the most influential person in history, Jesus is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christians believe he is the incarnation of the Son of God and the awaited Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. His other name, Christ, means the Anointed One.

He is the protagonist of our story and leader of the twelve disciples (called apostles in this show).  Tim Rice was interested in Jesus as the man, rather than as the Messiah, and not only his spiritual ministry, but also his personal experience and political role in the world.

The Jesus of this piece is a little less delicate and more rough-hewn character than is often portrayed. A real man who gets angry yet accepts people for who they are. He has his frailties and knows he can’t “save the world” but hopes to teach and affect the people he meets.

We are looking for someone with a strong but quiet charisma as well as a very strong rock singer with a wide range. An outstanding singer who has an authentic feel, understanding and passion for the sound of late 60s/early 70s rock music, in particular The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Carol King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Pink Floyd. A performer with a strong individual identity, ability to communicate beyond the fourth wall and can be free and creative during the rehearsal process.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A CHRISTIAN OR SPIRITUAL IN ANY WAY TO TAKE ON THIS ROLE.

We are looking for a true ‘rock star’ – a Superstar.

He has been famously played by Ian Gillan, Paul Nicholas, John Legend, Tony Hadley, Ben Forster

 

Rock Tenor, chest voice B2-Ab4, powerful falsetto/scream up to G5; this role demands a well-rounded voice that also has a super extended upper register (enabling you to do ‘the Ian Gillan scream’), virtuosity coupled with sensitive musicianship a must.  Think James Taylor meets Steve Tyler.

Best performance IMHO is Ian Gillan in the Concept album.

Audition Pieces:

The audition should demonstrate both your ability to sing in a rock operatic style as well as your acting ability.

‘Gethsemane’ complete,‘The Temple’ bars 55-67 and then 103-end – expect ad lib. work throughout both. (*)  VIEW

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