Glover has loved every moment of 'Superstar' tour
"Jesus Christ Superstar," the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to the Fargodome on Wednesday, May 30, for a 7:30 p.m. show.
The cast of this production may include some familiar names for some: Internationally beloved star Ted Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated depiction of Jesus in the Norman Jewison film version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," is reprising his most renowned role for this tour.
Also headlining the 2006-07 tour of JCS is Corey Glover as Judas. Glover is best known as the lead singer of the pioneering, Grammy-winning rock band, Living Colour.
As a founding member of Living Colour, Glover helped prove that not only could black guys "kick out the jams," but that they could be embraced by a wide spectrum of fans and achieve platinum-selling status. Living Colour earned numerous industry awards including back-to-back Grammys for Best Hard Rock Performance, for "Cult of Personality" and "Time's Up."
Multi-talented Glover also landed a part in Oliver Stone's classic Vietnam movie, "Pla-toon." Although "Jesus Christ Superstar" marks Glover's national tour debut, he has also been in productions of "Godspell" and "Fallen Angel."
When asked in a Thursday telephone interview how the lead singer of a hard rock band becomes a musical theater star, Glover said simply, "For me, there's not that much difference (between the two). I'm a singer, but also an actor... This is a show I've wanted to do my whole life.
"I'd been watching and listening to (different productions of) the show for so many years, and I really wanted to be a part of it."
One of the reasons why he has enjoyed taking on the part of Judas -- whom many might regard as the villain of the story -- was the opportunity to portray one of history's more complex characters.
"I think Judas is a very much misunderstood character," Glover said. "He was (Jesus') best friend -- and he still is his friend. He still loves him, he still thinks the world of him -- he just thinks he (Jesus) and his movement have gotten way out of control."
According to Glover, his character was under the impression that Jesus' primary purpose in speaking out against the depravity of the Romans and gathering crowds of followers was revolution.
"To overthrow the Roman Empire in Jerusalem -- that's what he thought it (Jesus' movement) was all about -- revolution. This whole talk of God makes no sense to him... he's trying to steer things back in the direction they were going before," Glover said. Unfortu-nately, his own motives spiral out of control as well, and Judas ends up delivering the ultimate betrayal that leads to Jesus' death.
Even though he's loved every minute of the tour, which started last September, Glover admitted that it's been difficult to be separated from his wife and two sons while on the road.
"I see them as often as I possibly can," he said, adding that they get together "pretty often," either when he goes home to New York City while on break from the show, or they come to see him.
As for his participation in Living Colour, Glover said, it's far from over. In fact, he's continued to squeeze in tour dates with the band while he's been on the road with "Superstar."
As the tour winds down to its final weeks, Glover said, "I'm very ready to go home." But it won't be much of a break -- Living Colour is planning an overseas tour this summer.
"We'll be touring in Europe and South America," he said.
And on top of touring with two very different shows, Glover is also working with the other members of his band on writing and arranging songs for a new CD release.
"I'm writing and composing (the music) as we speak," Glover said. "I'm going to be pretty busy for a while."
But even though he's looking forward to the end of the tour, Glover said he has also relished the opportunity to work with Neeley and the rest of the talented cast of "Superstar."
"It's a great show... you have to see it to believe it," he said. "Ted Neely is amazing, the rest of the cast is amazing. I've had a great time doing it."
Tickets for "Jesus Christ Superstar" range in price from $30 to $50, and can be purchased at the Fargodome box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 701-235-7171.