Scene News: Jesus Christ Superstar 45 Years On

Recorded live at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, December 1973

On 4 May 1972, when the Australian production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
opened at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, it was the most anticipated and
lavish theatre event in Australian musical theatre history.

And it is remarkable to consider that in the 46 years since the debut of the
original Australian stage production, there has never been a recording
released of the actual live show from that time. There exists in its memory
only a vinyl studio cast album, some photographs, and a few snippets of
visual footage on the internet. That is, until now.

Aztec Records now delivers, on double CD, a stirring performance from
December 1973 that captures the entire show in all of its glory. It
features the incomparable charisma and sterling voices of Jon English
(Judas), Marcia Hines (Mary Magdalene), Trevor White (Jesus), John Paul
Young (Annas), Reg Livermore (King Herod) and Stevie Wright (Simon
Zealotes).

Getting the live recording released to the public has been a labour of love
for Jon English’s long‑term partner and manager, Coralea Cameron, who is
dedicated to keeping his memory alive. Jesus Christ Superstar, the original
rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics),
told the story of the final week in the life of Jesus Christ through the
troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. Landing the role of Judas at the age of 22
was English’s big break into what was to become a long and incredibly
successful and diverse career in the Australian entertainment industry.

“Jon and I had been working on this project for many years,” says Coralea.
“We tried to get the recording out for the 40th anniversary in 2012, but for
various reasons, not the least being that the Really Useful Group were
bringing their own updated version of the stage show to Australia [starring
Tim Minchin], we shelved the idea. We were working on it for the 45th
anniversary when Jon sadly and so unexpectedly left us.”

Coralea says that working on things in Jon’s memory is what has kept her
going. “I was determined that I was going to make this happen for Jon, and
indeed for the Australian public who I really felt deserved to hear it.”
She again contacted the Harry M Miller Group, and the show’s authors, Andrew
Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice and was thrilled when they each gave their
blessing. “It all just fell into place from there really.”

The double CD, complete with a 20 page booklet of liner notes and
photographs will be available through Aztec Records from 4 May, with part of
the proceeds being donated to the music industry charity, Support Act. “I
have no clue as to how well it will be received,” says Coralea. “It’s 45
years old after all, and it was something that was originally just recorded
for the cast and crew. It’s not perfect, but when you hear it, I can almost
guarantee that you’ll find yourself transported back to your seat as if you
were reliving the incredible experience of being there all over again.”

For more information please visit: www.aztecrecords.com.au

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