Egyptian Theatre manager revisits the role of Pilate
December 13, 2011
Ted Neeley isn’t the only cast member in the Egyptian Theatre’s production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" who is resurrecting a role, so to speak.
Theatre manager Randy Barton is returning to the stage to play Pontius Pilate, a role he played "years ago."
"I played Pilate in a production at in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake and I fell in love with the character," Barton said during an interview with The Park Record. "So, when we decided to present ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ it’s something I wanted to do and felt I could add to it."
Still, being the theatre manager didn’t "help" Barton land the role.
"I didn’t insert myself into the production," he clarified. "I went through the audition process like everybody else, and I am very happy I was selected."
Also, the role isn’t as time-consuming as the others.
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"Pilate has three numbers and the fact that I don’t have to dance and learn a lot of lines is very intriguing to me," he said with a laugh. "Since I’m so busy with my other responsibilities, acting has been difficult for me in the past few years, and I look forward to being on stage in the Egyptian."
The last time Barton acted on the Egyptian stage was in 2001.
"I was in ‘Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,’ and it was a horrible show," he said with a laugh.
Barton knows "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be a lot better than his last show because of Ted Neeley.
"It’s not often that I get to perform with Jesus," he said.