What Would Steven Tyler Do?

Producers of superstar musical think perfect Jesus could be in Dallas

Producers of superstar musical think perfect Jesus could be in Dallas

Jesus Christ Superstar national tour, Performing Arts Fort Worth
Do you have what it takes to be Jesus? Photo by Evan Zimmerman

The ultimate star search is on — to find Jesus. Producers of the 50th anniversary tour of the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar are holding casting calls for the title role in "key cities" around the country, including Dallas.

Casting directors will set up shop at Music Hall at Fair Park from 12-4 pm May 6. Those seeking Jesus' role should be a "rock tenor" in their 20s or 30s with "powerful falsetto/scream up to G5," according to the casting website. Jesus might have actually been a baritone, but not in Andrew Lloyd Webber's world, baby. 

Additional requirements for the perfect Jesus say:

"This role demands a well-rounded, rich middle register that also has a super extended upper register with virtuosity coupled with sensitive musicianship. Think Jim Morrison meets Steven Tyler. A true 'rock star,' comfortable addressing a group of 12 or an arena of 12,000." (Good thing it does not say "feeding" 12 or 12,000 — ability to perform loaves-and-fishes miracle not required.)

Jesus does not have to dance but "must be comfortable moving. A performer with strong individual identity, ability to communicate beyond the fourth wall in a very large house and be free and creative during the rehearsal process."

Now for the all-important, burning-bush, capital letters: "MUST PLAY GUITAR. WILL NEED TO PLAY AT THE AUDITION. GUITAR WILL NOT BE PROVIDED – MUST BRING YOUR OWN!"

In addition to Dallas, casting calls are taking place in Orlando (April 20), New Orleans (April 27), Atlanta (April 29), and Los Angeles (May 10.) 

“Following in the footsteps of great rock musicians like Ian Gillan, Ted Neeley, and Steve Balsamo, we are looking for the next singer to take on and transform the role of Jesus,” says producer Stephen Gabriel.

Jesus Christ Superstar, by Webber and Tim Rice, is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes "I Don’t Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane," and "Superstar."

The 30-city North American leg of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production launches in the fall of 2019 following their critically acclaimed, sold out engagements in UK. It will begin in Texas — at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall, October 8-13.

The show will come back to Fair Park, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, April 28-May 10, 2020. Then it plays at Fort Worth's Bass Hall, August 25-30, 2020.

The North American tour will be helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie. Rounding out the creative team is set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.

For additional information about the production, visit the official tour website.