Motherlodge brings back its Jesus Christ Superstar
Thursday, April 13, 2017 3:02 PM
A touring group of performers will bring a popular Broadway show to Madison for the second year with an interactive performance this weekend.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, the Motherlodge Arts Exchange will perform the music of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Red Bicycle Hall.
The Motherlodge Arts Exchange, curated by artist Ray Rizzo, is a touring group of artists that often includes performers from the areas they visit. Rizzo, who grew up in Louisville, now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. but comes back to the region for occasional performances.
Since the group’s first show in 2009, Rizzo and his wife have been joined by more than 200 performers for productions in Kentucky and New York.
This weekend’s Madison performance is the last of three in a short tour of the area this spring. The event is the result of a partnership between the Red Bicycle Hall, Fireweed Productions and the Cultural Continuum of Madison.
Organizer Kevin Watkins said last year’s event “went off so well” and “people kept asking me again and again” that it was a natural choice to bring the show back to Madison this year.
Rizzo and his Motherlodge peers will again be joined by local musicians Carrie and Brook Reindollar. The Reindollars were invited to play with the group during last year’s performance and again joined the group for this weekend’s show and a performance earlier this month at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville, Ky. Carrie and Brook play clarinet and trumpet, respectively.
Immersion is still an emphasis for this year’s show, Rizzo said.
Doors for the event will open at 7 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. opening performance from traditional Ecuadorian band, Yapa. Following Yapa’s performance, audience members who would like to join the Jesus Christ Superstar chorus will be invited to take part in a short rehearsal.
While the music of the rock opera, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will remain intact, the staging of the presentation will be different. Musicians and singers will disperse themselves among the crowd to create a more intimate experience.
The original production of Jesus Christ Superstar made its Broadway debut in 1971. The show, which features no spoken dialogue, is based on gospel accounts in The Bible of the last week of Jesus’ life.
Advance tickets can be purchased for $26 online by visiting www.redbicycle.com. The night of the show, tickets will be sold at the door for $30.