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  • Jesus Christ Superstar's Ted Neely comes to Delaware Theatre Company

  • Ted Neeley, star of both the 1973 classic film and various Broadway touring versions of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will perform in Delaware, but without the robe.
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  • Ted Neeley, star of both the 1973 classic film and various Broadway touring versions of "Jesus Christ Superstar," returns to the road, this time without the robe.
    Neeley will grace the stage at Delaware Theatre Company in a concert setting during "A Very Special Evening with Ted Neeley" on March 17. A reception will be held immediately following the concert. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the artistic, educational and outreach programming of the Delaware Theatre Company.
    Fronting his five-piece outfit Little Big Band, Neeley will return to his Texas roots and his first love as a "singer in a rock 'n' roll band." He'll debut new music with the group, which includes Kim Norton, a stellar guitarist who has provided Neeley with an underscore of searing riffs on more than 1,000 performances of "Superstar," and bassist James Webb, son of famed songwriter Jimmy Webb, and co-founder of the popular Webb Brothers Band.
    Faithful followers, affectionately known as "Tedheads," will get to hear Neeley sing the iconic "Gethsemane", take a look back at his long career on stage and screen, and hear music from his new album and stories from the recently released film "Django Unchained." The new show also features stories and musical material from his career as a rock opera pioneer, including selections from "Tommy," "Hair," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on the Road" and, of course, "Jesus Christ Superstar."
    Ted also opens the vault of images and unseen footage from his personal archives, including interviews with directors Norman Jewison and Tom O'Horgan, Tommy Smothers, Dennis DeYoung and many others.
    Early-bird tickets are on sale now. For information call the box office at 594-1100 or order online at delawaretheatre.org.
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