Jesus Christ Superstar Amazes Patrons in Austin

Aaron LaVigne and Jenna Rubaii and the company of the North American Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Aaron LaVigne and Jenna Rubaii and the company of the North American Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of “Jesus Christ Superstar” raucously tells the story of Jesus in the final dramatic days leading up to his crucifixion.

Having no spoken dialogue, this modern day rock opera, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice is loosely based on the biblical Gospels, focusing on the personal tensions between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel, and the leadership of Rome.

Unique among biblical retellings, this theatrical portrayal makes great emphasis of Judas’ concerns for Jesus’ increasing popularity and the potential negative repercussions from local authorities that may ensue, as Judas criticizes Jesus for accepting his followers’ unrealistic beliefs in him. Meanwhile, Caiaphas, the High Preist of Israel, assembles the Pharisees together at the Sanhedrin to hold council about Jesus and his disciples unwillingness to accept the Romans as their rulers and the threat of imperial authority being debased. Caiaphas soon concludes they kill Jesus for the greater good, and the Pharisees concur upon his decision.

Upon Jesus’ exultant arrival in Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, has a dream in which he meets with the Galilean and then receives all of the blame for the man’s violent and mournful death, predicting the rise of Christianity.

Chorus upon chorus regale the familiar epic history that follows with Judas’ betrayal of Jesus to the Pharisees, the last supper, Peter’s three-time denial of Jesus, the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas’ kiss upon Jesus cheek inciting his apprehension by Roman soldiers, the numerous interrogations and tortures that ultimately placed the Man from Galilee upon the rough timbered surface of the cross, all the while Mary Magdalene and countless followers stand helplessly by as Jesus is raised in to the air for his final pains taking breath and ignite a movement singular only to not only the King of the Jews, but the Son of God.

Visit Lexus Broadway in Austin for more details at https://austin.broadway.com/shows/jesus-christ-superstar/.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s Presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” Penetrates the Soul

Written by Scotty Rigtrup, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Joan Marcus.

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

The Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

Lexus Broadway In Austin’s presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” immediately penetrates the soul with the prologue proclamation of tradition. Set in the time of the last Russian Tsar in the small town of Anatevka, a proud impoverished dairyman, Tevye, lyrically enlightens us as to how his small Jewish community lives steeped in the traditions of their heritage while being precariously perched amongst their fellow Russian townspeople like a fiddler on the roof.

Yehezkel Lazarov.

Yehezkel Lazarov.

As a husband and father of five daughters, Tevye’s love and commitment to his people’s way of life was being encroached upon more and more by the outside influences of his country. Yet, never could he have imagined himself being so radically challenged as he was to become from within his own family by his oldest three daughter’s strong-willed endeavors to marry for love and not tradition, much to the shagrin of the village matchmaker and the bewilderment of the Rabbi and villagers.

Natalie Anne Powers, Mel Weyn, and Ruthy Froch.

Natalie Anne Powers, Mel Weyn, and Ruthy Froch.

Our hearts swell and deflate with Tevye’s every attempt to cling to his traditions while grasping with exasperation to acknowledge and accept his daughter’s choices for husbands which increasingly stray further away from their Jewish faith and heritage and send Tevye reeling in antics as he desperately lumbers to keep peace with his stern wife Golde.

Carolyn Keller, Michael Hegarty, Maite Uzal, and Yehezkel Lazarov.

Carolyn Keller, Michael Hegarty, Maite Uzal, and Yehezkel Lazarov.

Joyous moments of celebration ensue among stark contrasting times of conflict as traditions are broken and the indomitable aspirations for love prevail when Tevye breaks his agreement for the marriage of his oldest daughter, then allows the engagement instigated by his second daughter and declares the figurative death of his third daughter who has eloped and married outside the faith.

Olivia Gjurich, Yehezkel Lazarov, and the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

Olivia Gjurich, Yehezkel Lazarov, and the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof.

While the tumult of Tevye’s family has seemingly bound their Jewish community more closely together through such strife, there is no strength or combined will strong enough to combat the Tsar’s orders that all Jews be expelled from their villages. Heartbreakingly so, the Jewish villagers way of life in the small town of Anatevka is abolished in a matter of days as the fiddler on the roof climbs down from his precarious perch to join his fellow nomads and their pioneering trek for a new life, renewed traditions and renewed devotion to love and family which, as it is in life’s tenuous moments, began that same instant.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Fiddler on the Roof

April 2 – 7, 2019

Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall | 2350 Robert Dedman Drive | Austin, TX 78712

Start at $30.Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, texasperformingarts.org, the Bass Concert Hall ticket office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 10 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.