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Updated ‘Superstar,’ Karam brings new life to ‘Sons of Prophet’ Jesus Christ Superstar Music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, Lyrics by Tim Rice premiered on Broadway in 1971. This rock musical tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. As the musical’s protagonist Judas Iscariot (Jeremy Saje) questions

Christ’s divinity as his popularity reaches superstar status. The props have been updated to include selfie sticks and cell phones, but the rock score remains firmly rooted in the 70’s as does the excellent choreography by Angela Todaro. This is a first-rate cast with strong

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Theater Review by

Patricia Foster Rye

it easy. Mr. Karam began his career by winning the national Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival. It appears he’s headed for a long and illustrious career in the theater. Here’s an opportunity to see a budding theatre luminary while enjoying a very entertaining and moving play. Through Sun., March 15. The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-661-9827, 4 Stars *** Fugue by Tommy Smith is the story of three unique musical virtuosi, each the center of an ill-fated love triangle—a polyphonic telling of musical genius and the demons that drive it. From late 19th century Russia, Piotr Tchaikovsky (Christopher Shaw), from 20th century Vienna, Arnold Schoenberg (Troy Blendell), and from early 17th century Italy the lesser known Carlo Gesualdo (Karl Herlinger). Also in the mix is artist Richard Gerstl (Jesse Fair) tragically linked to Schoenberg and his wife Mathilde (Amanda Lovejoy Street). Director Chris Fields has skillfully blended the three stories

with seamless transitions and effective contrapuntal staging techniques. The period costume design by Michael Mullen is historically accurate and beautiful. The sound design by Drew Dalzell skillfully merges the familiar, famous compositions with the action. The play contains explicit sexual content and language. Through Sun., March 22. Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., 310-307-3753, 3 Stars

Mendelssohn siblings featured in ‘Masterworks’ The Hollywood Master Chorale is set to perform the works of siblings, Felix and Fanny Medelssohn as part of its “Masterworks in March” concert series on Sun., March 15 at St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood. Music lovers are often familiar with Felix Mendelssohn, but many don’t know that Felix’s sister, Fanny Hensel, was an equally talented composer. The Hollywood Master Chorale aims to change this by performing works from the two composers alongside each other. “Fanny and Felix were musically educated side-by-side throughout their youth, but only Felix was encouraged to pursue composition as a career,” explains artistic director and conductor, Dr. Lauren Buckley Schaer. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, seniors. Visit

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singing voices. Nate Parker plays Jesus beautifully balancing the beatific qualities as well as the ultimate anguish. Andre Diego is excellent as a wonderfully nasty Caiaphas. The pitch perfect live band is led by musical director Chris Raymond. Production values are first-rate, especially costume design by Lauren Oppelt and lighting design by Christina Schwinn. In director Marco Gomez’s hands, this is a powerful, very entertaining piece of theatre. Strobe lights and fog are used. Through Sun., March 22. The Met Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford, 323-802-9181, 4 Stars *** The prize-winning, (finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama among several others) Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam is billed as “the funniest play about human suffering you’re likely to see.” The play takes place in Eastern Pennsylvania. With a nod to Kahil Gabran (there is a distant familial connection to the characters), the play is divided into scenes named after the chapters in Gabran’s controversial work “The Prophet,” popular in the 1930s and 60s. Joseph Douaihy (Adam Silver) is struggling to survive his failing health and chronic

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