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What: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

When: Friday to Sunday

Where: The Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St., Columbus

Cost: $22.50 to $57.50

FYI: Call (614) 469-0939 or visit www.ticketmaster.com for more information.

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The classic rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is making its stop in Columbus this weekend, headlined by actor Ted Neely, who played the original Jesus in the 1973 film adaptation.

The musical, created by noteworthy duo Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice (“Evita,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The Likes of Us”), is heading across the country on its winter North American tour.

“If it weren’t for Ted I don’t think we’d even have a tour,” said cast member Thomas Lash, who’s performed in four tours of the musical, two traveling throughout Europe.

“He’s a great guy to work with and his voice is still spot on. The show is going to be great.”

The musical follows the life of Jesus Christ during his last seven days on Earth, but through a more modern lens. The show features a more distraught and personable

Jesus as he faces death and also chronicles the turmoil Judas Iscariot faces before betraying him.

Grammy winner Corey Glover takes on the troubled role of Judas. He may be best remembered as the frontman for rock band “Living Colour,” which had its heyday during the late 1980s.

The tour’s been throughout Canada and most of the U.S., making its way to Atlanta, Philadelphia and Boston after its run in Columbus.

Jesus and his cast descend on Columbus for a Friday-night opening and run for five shows until Sunday. Tickets are $22.50 to $57.50. For more information, call (614) 469-0939 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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