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New leads star in 'Superstar'

Henry Wilson and Jason Klug will star as Jesus and Judas in this year's Salty City Center for the Performing Arts' 33rd annual production of the rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Bob Brown, who sang the leading role for 24 years, will now sing the role of Pilate.

Wilson first appeared in Superstar as Simon and later switched to the role of Judas. He is the lead singer for the local rock band Mothercover. Other credits include John Wilkes Booth in "Assassins," Mary Sunshine in "Chicago," the voice of Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors," and multiple roles in Pat Lotito's original work, "Alice in Wonderland."

Klug is the lead singer and guitarist for Reissues, a regional cover band. He played Stein, the leading character in, "City of Angels," for the Syracuse University drama department.

Brown will direct the cast of about 70 performers, including Cathleen O'Brien as Mary Magdalene. O'Brien recently won rave reviews for her portrayal of Maria Callas in the drama, "Master Class."

Tara Huss-Davis is the choreographer for Superstar, Karen Procoppio is stage manager and Pat Lotito is the music director.

Returning actors include Bill Ali as Simon, Dominick Corbacio as Peter, Mark Kotzin and David Walker alternate as Annas, Robert Searle as Caiaphas, Susan Woistenholme as Mother Mary and Robert "Tank" Steingraber will play for the 30th consecutive year the comic but threatening role of Herod.

Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday April 22 and 23 at the Crouse Hinds Theatre in the Civic Center. Tickets cost $30, $25 and $20. To reserve seats, call the Oncenter box office at 435-2121.

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