March 29, 2009

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR 2009 a.d.








After a wonderful interview with Ted Neeley last week on my radio show "An Acoustic Record" on WFIT, Ted invited my family and I to be his guest for today's afternoon performance of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at the King Center in Melbourne Florida. (by the way, keep checking back to their websites...in case you missed it, the interview will soon be podcast on WFIT - and possibly Ted Neeley's site!)



















What a performance it was! Wow. In his 66th year, Ted as Jesus is in just as fine a voice as he was in the 1973 motion picture! And as my wife pointed out - he still looks great. The whole cast was truly powerful. The "scaffold" set was not what I would have expected at first, but ended up being a surprisingly effective tool...with some very kool effects that I won't give away right now in case you get a chance to see the show.

















Ted taking bows with the beautiful and talented Cristina Sass (as Mary Magdalene) . In a role I can only imagine Yvonne Elliman in, this young lady nailed it...I think she will go far in show biz.



















After the bows, Ted took the time to give thanks the local and the production's crew for all their efforts. He also thanked the touring band, and all the fans for making the whole Jesus Christ Superstar phenomenon possible.



























Cristina, Ted, and James Delisco (Judas) exiting the stage. James proved to have an incredible stage presence filling the shoes of the late Carl Anderson (R.I.P.)



















Above is a poster I designed commemorating the performance. Mr. Neeley truly loved it, and kindly autographed one for me and one for my son.

















While we were visiting backstage, Ted also graciously signed more copies of my poster that will be used as premiums for WFIT's Fund Drive tonight, and a benefit for HorseSisters in three weeks (more info on how to get one below).

Ted is a very kind man, not only signing the posters for us, but spending about a half hour with us in between shows - even when the staff and handlers were trying to rush us out, and (his very kind) daughter was giving him his dinner. He told us it was more important to him to connect with us (and other fans), to him it's what provides that extra energy and makes it all worthwhile.
Thank you so much for all your efforts Ted. Your a saint!

















My wife Jen, son Dylan and I with Ted.


















IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE OF THE TED NEELEY AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS...

3 of these posters will be available as special premiums for WFIT's Fund Drive Tonight (March 30th) during my program AN ACOUSTIC RECORD from 10pm-midnight (eastern time).

For a pledge or $50.00 you will recieve a copy of my original art, signed by Ted Neeley himself, and personally inscribed to you by myself. PLEASE CALL Us WITH YOUR PLEDGE between 10pm-midnight 321-674-8950 or toll-free 1-800-403-9431

also
3 of these posters will be available as 'auction' items for the HorseSisters fundraiser.

Drop me an email (koolbeanz@koolbeanz.com - with Ted Neely Poster in the subject line) and I will give you details on where to send a check for HorseSisters Inc.

TED NEELEY

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

WFIT 89.5fm (Public Radio for Brevard)

HorseSisters

More of My Artwork

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Wiki)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Java John: It appears that I should have come here before I left a message at NOTR asking about last Monday's interview that you did with Ted....I am so glad that you were able to interview him and to go to the show in Melbourne....I was at the show in Daytona and went once last year to Naples, FL....totally enjoyed both shows... And your right, he is a kind, gentle, man....I know you have been to NOTR and read, so you know that some of us have also felt the pressure from Ted's road manager or as you have said, handlers....he isn't an easy man to be handled though is he??? hee hee hee....We know that Ted enjoys talking to folks, but sometimes, well, he might need to be reminded that he needs to get some rest or eat....and it is nice to know that he has family or a road manager that does really care about him...Hope to get to hear the interview when it becomes available on podcast. Thank you, Linda B.

K. Telle said...

Glad to know you received the Pearl Jam prize from my blog. Cheers!

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