250 W. 52nd St.
New York, N.Y.
Since 1927, this 1,445-seater was known as the Alvin. It was renamed in 1983 to honor America’s
most prolific playwright, Neil Simon, following the successful run of Brighton Beach Memoirs. From 2002-09, Hairspray played there, its longest resident to date.… More.
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Jesus Christ Superstar
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The L Magazine
Jesus isn't very likable in this revival of the 1969 rock opera. Mopey, angsty and irascible, he comes across as a crazy death-cultist, consumed with mysticism and unwilling to engage in the political upheaval around him. Judas, on the other hand, is the surrogate for a secular liberal audience: a disbeliever in miracles, a passionate advocate for the poor, a proto-Occupier. Superstar's theatrical coup was to position The Traitor as the tragic hero of the Gospels, humanizing history's most inhuman figure.
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