Brian Yorkey returns to direct ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

July 27, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Issaquah High School alumnus Brian Yorkey returns to Village Theatre in May to direct the blockbuster “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

The rock musical about the last days of Jesus Christ runs in Issaquah from May 11 to July 3, and then opens for a monthlong run in Everett.

Before he headed to Broadway, Yorkey served as associate artistic director for Village Theatre. He started at the theater as a pioneering force in the popular youth education program, KIDSTAGE.

Yorkey also directed “Aida” and “The Who’s Tommy” for the downtown Issaquah theater.

The scribe returned to Village Theatre in January to direct the bittersweet Neil Simon play, “Lost in Yonkers.”

Since then, Yorkey has added the Pulitzer Prize for Drama to his résumé. “Next to Normal” — the groundbreaking musical he penned with writing partner Tom Kitt — had earlier earned three Tony Awards, including a writing nod for Yorkey.

“Next to Normal” tells the story of a suburban family strained by bipolar disorder. The rock musical originated at Village Theatre in downtown Issaquah eight years ago as “Feeling Electric.”

“Jesus Christ Superstar” brings the 2010-11 season to a close. The lineup also includes the grin-and-bare-all comedy “The Full Monty,” a musical adaptation of the classic “Anne of Green Gables,” the murder mystery “Sleuth” and the Cold War comedy “Iron Curtain.”

Village Theatre subscribers can also receive a discount to see the national tour of “Next to Normal” at 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle in February.

If You Go

Village Theatre encourages theater buffs to buy season tickets in order to get good seats on a preferred date for “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The five-show package ranges from $80 to $240.

Single tickets go on-sale for each production at different times throughout the season. Tickets range from $20 to $60 in Issaquah. For “Jesus Christ Superstar,” single tickets go on sale in Issaquah in March 2011.

Learn more at www.villagetheatre.org.

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