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‘Superstar’ still going strong

Ted Neeley reprises the role of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Egyptian Theatre Wednesday.

Neeley, who portrayed Jesus in the 1973 film version, originally auditioned for the role of Judas Iscariot, but didn’t get the part and was encouraged by director Norman Jewison to try out for the title role.

When Neeley isn’t making appearances in "Jesus Christ Superstar" revivals, he is a drummer in a newly formed rock group, Ted Neeley and His Little Band, something he hasn’t been able to do since the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"’Superstar’ took me into a whole different direction, and I haven’t been able to have that musical band experience in a long long time," Neeley told The Park Record. "However, I’ve been developing a band project for quite some time and we’ll have a world premiere in January at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, Calif. "The whole purpose is to toss up the endeavor and if people like it, I’ll tour with the band and play some good old music."

Meanwhile, Neeley stars in the Egyptian Theatre production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" through Dec. 31, with nights off for Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Tickets are $40 to $55 in advance or $45 and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.parkcityshows.com or calling (435) 649-9371.