I’ll still be in Thailand come April 1, but if I was in Philly then there is no way that I would miss this…I know Superstar so well that I could do a one man show. From the release:
OLD PINE CHURCH HOSTS SING-ALONG “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” PALM SUNDAY
PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Begin Easter week by watching – and singing along with – the story of Jesus’ last seven days at the Sing-along “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine St., Old City, Philadelphia, at 7 p.m., Sunday, April 1 (Palm Sunday). Costumes are encouraged but optional, lyrics will be on-screen and admission is free.
The first collaboration between Broadway hit-makers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was first a concept album, then a long-running play (now in revival on Broadway) before becoming an Oscar-nominated 1973 film starring Ted Neeley that will be screened at Old Pine on Palm Sunday.
A defining entertainment for many late Boomer/early GenX-er Christians, this rock opera dramatizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching, his betrayal, trial and crucifixion and features a vibrant score of the chart-toppers “Superstar,” “Everything’s Alright” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” to which audience members will be invited to sing along. Dressing as a character from the Passion story is also encouraged (but not required).
The hosting big yellow Old Pine church is a lively 150-member Presbyterian congregation with a 240-year-old history and a historic graveyard that was featured in the movie “National Treasure.” The church is also known for its annual May flea market, weekly free luncheon for seniors, and tutoring and other outreach programs at the Old Pine Community Center next door.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.