El Paso, TX
April 14th 2003
To celebrate their
20th anniversary, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Dinner Theatre
hosted a JCS Concert and invited lyricist Sir Tim Rice as guest of honor.
The concert was organized by the dinner theatre Director, Greg Taylor
and his staff. It featured a choir of more than 100 voices and the entire
University Symphony Orchestra, as well as the dinner theatre band. Guest
Danny Zolli (Jesus)
Ron Bohmer (Judas)
Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene)
Barry Dennen (Pontius Pilate)
Chuck Wagner (Caiaphas)
days of rehersals, the final run-through took part in the afternoon of
the show, then at 7:30pm, with Sir Tim Rice in the audience, the curtain
Like the first public performances of JCS, the concert format was used
- the main performers sharing the stage with the choir and musicians.
After a superb performance, Sir Tim gave a brief speech in which he acknowledged
the hard work of Greg Taylor and the University staff and complimented
them on a "brilliant performance". He also gave a specific mention
to Yvonne and Barry who were involved with the project when it began more
than thirty years ago and who played a significant role in making it a
Greg then invited Yvonne Elliman back into the spotlight to sing her #1
hit "If I Can't Have You". Finally, the evening ended with the
song that started it all - a full-cast reprise of "Superstar".
It was a wonderful
event, made even more special by the invited guests taking the time to
mingle with visitors, sign autographs and pose for photographs (a LOT
of photographs!). A great show and possibly the last time Barry will publicly
sing the role of Pilate in the USA?
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