Theatre group in shape for a Superstar show

Booking has now opened and tickets are available for Brighouse Theatre Productions’ production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. 
 The popular musical will be staged at Brighouse Civic Hall from April 1 to 5. Jayne Davison is the producer with muscal direction by Mark Breen.
 Back on the Brighouse stage after a gap of 15 years is Neil Broadbent who is taking the part of Herod. Neil last performed with the theatre group in the 1999 production of ‘My Fair Lady’. He started his stage career at Salendine Nook High School where he played Fagin in Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver’.

He is a well-known performer in Huddersfield Light Opera’s shows and will play Capt Von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’ at the end of April at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

Forty-year-old Neil said: “The two roles of Herod and the Captain could not be more different.”

He was in rehearsal last week with the dancers as they were put through their paces by Jayne Davison for the one show tune in the piece – ‘Herod’s Song’.

“This is a real song and dance number and the odd one out as the other songs in the show tend to be deep and meaningful,” said Neil.

Taking the role of Judas Iscariot is Luke Flacks, last seen as the Cowardly Lion in ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

He said: “I am finding the role demanding because I’m not naturally a menacing kind of person. I have to work hard at keeping in character during rehearsals even when I’m not on stage.

“The part of Judas is one of the five roles I’ve always wanted to play.”

Luke, head of design for Huddersfield Town Football Club, has taken a number of roles in the past on the Huddersfield stage with Huddersfield Light Opera Society and Woodhouse Musical Theatre Company.

The musical started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The show’s musical numbers include “Everything’s Alright’, ‘I Don’t Know how to Love Him’, ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Superstar’.

Tickets for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ can be booked by phone on 01484 402435. They cost £12 for adults and £10 for senior citizens and children. Group discounts are available on request.