May 1, 2012…Congratulations to Artistic Director Des McAnuff and the cast and crew of Jesus Christ Superstar on their two Tony Award nominations. The production has been nominated for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Josh Young, who plays Judas.
The rock opera also earned two Drama Desk Award nominations last week – one for Best Revival of Musical and one for Best Sound Design for Steve Canyon Kennedy.
“I’m ecstatic for everyone involved in this production,” says Mr. McAnuff. “These nominations fulfil one of the goals I have been striving toward in my time as Artistic Director: the recognition of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s rightful place as a world leader in every area of dramatic repertoire, from classics to musicals.”
“I want to congratulate Des and the entire cast and crew of Jesus Christ Superstar,” says General Director Antoni Cimolino. “This is a tremendous achievement and everyone at the Festival is thrilled by their success. The Superstar company is a group of truly gifted performers and we’re all so proud to have them representing the Festival on Broadway.”
Jesus Christ Superstar originated in Stratford as part of the Festival’s 2011 season and was an instant hit. The show then travelled to La Jolla, California, to perform a six-week run at the La Jolla Playhouse over the holidays. It arrived in New York in February and opened officially on Broadway on March 22.
The Drama Desk Awards will take place on June 3 and the Tony Awards will be given out on June 10.
Congratulations to all, and we wish you great success this awards season.