Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Original Superstar, Ted Neeley, Returns to Rubicon Theatre



Ted Neeley, best known as the star of the Norman Jewison film Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as the Broadway and National Tours, will return to Ventura’s Rubicon Theatre for a premiere concert event this month. Ted Neeley and The Little Big Band is an up-close-and-personal musical event which previews January 20, opens January 21, and continues for a limited run through January 29.

Neeley will tell stories about his career and sing in a variety of styles and genres, representing his own eclectic musical passions. Included will be folk and pop hits by his favorite songwriters of the past few decades (both electric and acoustic) and highlights from rock musicals such as Tommy, Hair, Sgt. Pepper’s… and Superstar.

He will also premiere new, never-before-heard compositions from shows he’s developing for future production, all backed by a “little” five-piece band of instrumentalists with big talents. Band members are Kim Norton, guitar; Craig Stull, guitar; Candy Chase, bass; Gavin Salmon, drums; and Ed Martel, keyboards. The concert is expected to tour nationally next season.

Neeley helped launch Rubicon back in 1998 when he starred in the company’s very first production - a concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Majestic Theatre. Initially announced for two performances only in the 1,400-seat venue, Rubicon’s Superstar quickly sold-out, a third show was added, and Rubicon Theatre Company was born.

There will also be a talkback following the 7:00 pm performance on Wednesday, January 25. Click here for tickets and information or call 805-667-2900. Rubicon Theatre is located at 1006 E. Main Street, Ventura, CA 93001.

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