Alumni Headed to Broadway

Submitted by Elaine O'Neal on 1/2/2012

The Randolph Academy received the best Christmas present ever on December 23 when the Really Useful Group announced that the Stratford Festival’s hit production of Jesus Christ Superstar heading to Broadway in 2012 would include original cast members and Randolph Academy alumni Paul Nolan (Jesus Christ), Mary Antonini (Elizabeth), and Katrina Reynolds (Esther), and faculty member Mark Cassius (Matthew).

Critics have raved about the Stratford production --  “This production is an absolute miracle” (The Globe and Mail), “the best show you’ll see this year”(TorontoStar) -- and the subsequent run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse garnered alumnus Paul Nolan the following acclaim:

 “Paul Nolan offers intriguing levels of engagement and detachment, always leaving us once removed from understanding him in full. In that, he consciously evokes the remote superstars of our age: James Dean; John Lennon; Bowie and Jagger - all those enigmas on which we could eagerly project whatever we fancied."

~ Bob Verini, Variety, December 4, 2011


 “a quietly charismatic Paul Nolan … brings a kind of beatific sensuality to the role … broods over his destiny with a rock star’s ambivalence in “Gethsemane.”

~ Charles McNulty, Los AngelesTimes, December 2, 2011


"The production, …., is electric in other ways: …, the vocal pyrotechnics of … Paul Nolan (as Jesus) … the quietly affecting Nolan … punctuate(s) some of the more raw songs with searing, rock-god falsetto(es); Nolan’s impassive, even serene mien through most of the show makes for a stark contrast with his suffering at the Crucifixion.”

~ James Hebert, San DiegoTribune, Dec. 1, 2011


“Paul Nolan is a haunted, pondering, preoccupied Christ, … bringing an awesome poignancy to Christ’s anguish.”

~ Welton Jones,, Dec 1, 2011


“Paul Nolan's Jesus Christ is quiet, still and mysterious ---- a secretive, passive vessel used by the swirling masses around him as a repository for their own needs (spiritual, medical, political). He sings with searing high notes as he's betrayed and suffers nobly in the final scenes.”

~ Pam Kragen, NorthCountyTimes, December 1, 2011

Jesus Christ Superstar begins previews on March 1, 2012, at the NeilSimon Theatre(250 West 52nd Street) with the official opening scheduled for March 22.