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UTEP Concert, 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 performers were
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Danny Zolli (Jesus)
Ron Bohmer (Judas)
Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene)
Barry Dennen (Pontius Pilate)
Chuck Wagner (Caiaphas)

Following several 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 rose.
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 sucess.
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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Sir Tim Rice and Barry Dennen at the Sunday afternoon rehersal. The stage layout Barry (his hair dyed yellow specially for the event) with Yvonne Elliman
Discussing the performance It's autograph time, with Ron Bohmer (Judas) and Yvonne in the foreground Meeting with fans at the reception on Sunday evening
More autographs . . . Final rehersal of Pilate's Dream Danny Zolli (Jesus) and Yvonne Elliman (Mary) at the final rehersal
A dramatic moment between Ron Bohmer (Judas) and Danny Zolli (Jesus) "Aaahh so this is Jesus Christ" Jesus refuses Pilate's help, declaring "Everything is fixed, and you can't change it".
Showtime, and Barry in a leather Pilate costume, confronts Jesus. The finale. Barry and Yvonne join in a reprise of "Superstar".  

 

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