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"I’d get off the bus when we got to a town and run to the theater like a kid in a candy store."
--Jason Raize on touring with Jesus Christ Superstar, InTheater






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                                Raize in Jesus Christ Superstar
Jason Raize as Pontius Pilate
(Credit: © Richard Feldman)
Jason's first national tour was Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he played Pontius Pilate opposite Ted Neeley as Jesus and Carl Anderson as Judas. Only 19 when he succeeded Styx's Dennis DeYoung in the role in 1995, Jason toured with the show for one year. The souvenir program for the 1995-1996 A.D. Tour featured a full-page photo of Jason as Pilate as well as many other photos.

Jason said in his ZoogDisney chat that Jesus Christ Superstar is his favorite Broadway musical. Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Superstar is a rock opera about the final week in the life of Jesus Christ. Superstar was one of the first rock operas, first released as an album in 1970 and staged on Broadway the following year. Neeley and Anderson starred in the 1973 film version and reprised their roles in the 1992 national tour (directed by Tony Christopher) which went on to play until 1997.

Critics were instantly smitten with Jason. The Albany Times Union noted, "
It was, however, the purple-clad Jason Raize who nearly stole the show with a dramatic, soulful reading of Pontius Pilate." Newsday said, "Jason Raize, on the other hand, manages to create a complex Pontius Pilate," while the Dayton Daily News said that "Jason Raize, like Anderson, gave an all-around singing-acting performance as Pilate."

"A lot of actors speak about long runs 'making them' as an actor," Jason said in his Hollywood Spotlight chat. "I did a year's tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing Pontius Pilate. We did a tour with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. We toured everywhere with that show. The good and the bad. It's just like life, like a job, but more exciting for people who like the performance world cause it's live. Your heart pounds when you miss a step, or someone goes up on a line, people ask if each show is different. And, it is. We give a different performance every time. Cause every audience has a different energy and the actors might be in a different mood before they start."

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