Well, we made it into the New Year with a snippet of gossip about Barry having lunch in LA with Ted Neeley and family. Who knows what might come of this, but Barry is certainly thinking that it would be good to work with Ted again on something - probably in the west coast theater rather than on the screen. We're also working on a new look for the website that will probably happen in the spring. The promised Carl Anderson material could be included there, or on a separate website. We'll see.
Barry's staying very busy with video game voice-over work.
The long-awaited "Diminishing Perspectives" might actually happen in 2009, and in the spring, we're planning some youtube and myspace activities. Lots to be excited about in 2009!
Nothing much happening at the moment, but Barry sends his love.
Danny Zolli (who did such an amazing job singing Jesus at the El Paso gig) got in touch recently, looking for copies of material shot in El Paso.
That prompted me to start looking in my archives and I came across some really unique stuff, including a unique interview with Barry back in 2002. I also rediscovered a lot of raw materials from Carl Anderson (I was working on a new website for him shortly before his tragic death).
I'm not quite sure how best to handle all this fabulous material, but I promise to assemble it and make it all available to JCS fans across the world somehow.
After taking things easy for a few months, Barry is back in the studio recording the vocal tracks for a new video game character. This is a particularly big role because his character is involved in almost all levels of the game, so it's going to take some time to get it all done. The game's producers have sworn him to secrecy so he can't divulge any of the storylines or plot details, but he's checking with them to see if he can at least tell us the name of the game and his character.
He's still giving some thought to a new book idea but there's nothing definite to report yet.
Thank you to all the visitors who contribute to his guest book. He wants you to know that he he does check it periodically and reads every single post!
Well, the past few months have been a very busy time for Barry. In August/September,
he spent time in Europe and the Bahamas visiting family and friends. Now,
he's back in LA doing more voice-over work and seriously thinking about
a new book.
continues to be a viable possibility but so much of the project is out
of his hands that it's tough to say anything more definite than that.
We've recently received a new batch of his book,"My Life With Barbra;
A Love Story" so look for it reappearing in the merchandise section
of the website.
Wow! The new merchandise offerings certainly seem to have hit the spot.
Barry signed the prints with a silver pen against the solid backgrounds
and they look stunning! We've also had a "run" on the autographed
Tim Rice books so supplies are running low.
Barry has turned his attentions back to the long-awaited Diminishing Perspective
project and is about to take a personal role in getting it finished. He's
also back in the studio doing voice-over work and is even considering
returning to screenwriting, which he hasn't done seriously since before
the last JCS tour.
thanks for all the birthday wishes. Barry received each and every one!
Barry is doing well and back at home in LA.
He's about to begin some more voice-over work and he's very excited that
his vocal talent appears to remain very much in-demand for advertisements
and video games.
We hope to have more comments for the website in the next few weeks (including
his long-awaited notes from the JCS concert in LA). Meanwhile, we've added
some new signed prints in the merchandise section of the website, as well
as a special "Audio Message" that you really should check out.
Well, the website is fully functional again (we added an anti-spam device
to the guestbook this time).
Barry is taking a little time off for the holidays and was planning to
spend some quiet time at home in LA . We're anticipating the launch of
Diminishing Perspectives in the spring as promised, and there are still
rumours flying around about a JCS reunion, but for now we're treating
them as just that . . . rumours!
Look for some website updates and new merchandise items in the coming
weeks. We had scheduling issues in 2006 and some fans had to wait a long
time for autographed merchandise but we've figured out how to eliminate
delays so if you've been thinking about placing orders for items signed
by Barry, 2007 will be a good time to do it.
Happy holidays to everyone!
The site was down for the last 3 days due to some difficulties with our
hosting company. I think everything's back in action now except for the
guest book which should be back early next week. If you find any other
things that are not as they should be, please let
his long-awaited comments about the reunion concert will be posted as
soon as we get them, and the Diminishing Perspective project still looks
like a "go" for spring 2007. Fingers crossed!
After a brief stint back in the USA, Barry is off again, this time on
a well-earned cruise in the Bahamas. He re-stated his promise to provide
his personal thoughts about the LA concert when he returns.
Meanwhile, there's no news about the possibility ot a JCS tour (pity)
but once again the Diminishing Perspective project is on the front burner.
A projected spring 2007 release date is being discussed and if it happens,
we plan to promote it heavily on this website so please let us know how
you feel about a Murray Head/Barry Dennen recording.
Well, Barry's off to visit friends and family, first in England, then
Antigua. He'll be back at the end of the month and promises that he will
have his personal reminiscinces of the LA reunion concert ready by then.
He'll have limited access to e-mail while he's away but anything noteworthy
will be reported here. Meanwhile, please continue to send e-mail messages.
He really does receive them all and replies to most!
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos from Sunday's performance. There
were a lot of duplicates but we appreciated them anyway. Thanks in particular
to Scott Spalding and Anne DiAlbo for some great behind-the-scenes shots.
Barry's personal reminiscences will follow soon.
Barry sent some great photos - the first couple are here and the rest
will be posted tomorrow. He's promised to write his thoughts and feelings
about the whole event so we'll include those as soon as they're done.
His initial comments were that he loved it, the audience were amazing
and he was very happy with his own performance. Would he be prepared to
do a tour? Absolutely!
good news is that a "Last Supper Tour" could happen, particularly
if Andrew Lloyd-Webber gets favorable reports about Sunday's performance.
The not-so-good news for USA fans is that the tour would probably be limited
As we get closer to curtain time, Barry reports from LA that the cast
are ready and that the buzz backstage is about the possibility of this
production being turned into a tour. All the principals appear to be in
favor but the decision will ultimately rest in the hands of Andrew Lloyd-Webber.
His Really Useful Group own the performing rights to JCS and it's unclear
how a touring production would conflict with Ted's Farewell tour.
this kind of thing fades away into nothing or takes so long that everyone
is otherwise committed (the Last Supper Tour was first talked about more
than three years ago), but woudn't it be great to see Barry reprise his
role as Pilate in a touring production?
he has promised a personal report on tonight's event within the next couple
of days. It'll be posted here.
side note, we e-mailed a number of people yesterday about this news update
and posted the text on a couple of JCS webrings & blogs. Overnight,
this page received almost 600 unique visits (about six times the normal
rate). Barry is aware of this and we both believe it's a reflection of
the continued huge popularity of JCS and in particular, Barry's part in
it. I do hope that one of the 600 was Lord Lloyd-Webber . . .
finally, several people have written to remind us that the one sad note
about tonight's performane is the tragic absence of what many believe
to have been the greatest performer of the role of Judas (sorry Ben) .
. the late Carl Anderson.
As well as being Barry Dennen's website administrator, I had the privilege
of working with Carl during the last two years of his life; including
spending numerous unforgettable days by his side as we planned a new website
for him. One that would regrettably never come to fruition.
the times I spent with him, probably the most memorable were early in
April 2003, when the JCS tour stopped in Atlanta at the Fox Theater. Sebastia
Bach had just left the tour under unfortunate circumstances and a delightful
actor named Raymond Patterson had stepped into the role of Jesus. April
2nd was Raymond's first night and after spending the day with Carl, I
slipped out front just before curtain time and watched the show.
Afterward, backstage the atmosphere was electric as Carl and Raymond re-lived
the highlights and enjoyed what had truly been a remarkable evening. Before
heading back to the hotel, I took a photo of Carl and Raymond, then Raymond
took the camera and captured Carl and me (the first and only time that
I have been photographed by Jesus!). It was one of the happiest moments
I spent with Carl, and a fitting way to remember him tonight as a major
JCS event gets underway in what was his home town.
one way or another, many of Carl's friends and fans tonight have Heaven
on their Minds."
Happy times with Carl Anderson and Ray Patterson backstage at the Fox
Theater in Atlanta - April 2nd 2003
Anyone else had
their photo captured by Jesus?
The excitement is building at the Ricardo Montalban Theater. It's 3:00pm
local time in Los Angeles and rehersals are in full swing. What was originally
planned as a concert performance (singers standing at individual microphones
reading from a music score) is actually being staged on a huge set with
"more lights than a rock concert," according to Mr. D.
a full orchestra being expertly led by Music Director Craig Barna who
also did the music on the most recent JCS tour, as well as Carl Anderson's
memorial concert in New York.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the event is going to be filmed, but
Barry is very excited and promises a full report after the lights fade
We'll provide a pre-show update here in the morning if there's anything
This was reproduced from the Tix.com website. Tickets went on sale today
at 10:00am. . .
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR BENEFIT CONCERT
ONE NIGHT ONLY.
LIVE IN CONCERT.
REUNITING THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE STARS TED NEELEY as Jesus of Nazareth,
YVONNE ELLIMAN as Mary Magdalene and BARRY DENNEN as Pontius Pilate.
WITH SPECIAL GUEST STARS BEN VEREEN as Judas Iscariot, CLINT HOLMES as
Simon Zealotes and JACK BLACK as King Herod.
All proceeds benefit
Youtheatre America & The Ricardo Montalban Foundation and are tax deductible.
Limited VIP Seating Available. VIP seating includes cocktail reception
with cast meet and greet following the show. To purchase VIP seats, please
email firstname.lastname@example.org with
your name, address, phone number and the best time to contact you.
Price range: $110.00 to $520.00 from 1-800-595-4TIX
Sunday, August 13, 2006 at 8:00 PM Ricardo Montalban Theatre 1615 North
Vine Street Hollywood, CA 90028
After months of discussion and speculation about the Last Supper Tour,
it has emerged as a one-night-only concert to benefit the Youth Theatre
of America that will take place on August 13th (just a couple of weeks
away) at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Los Angeles.
Ted Neeley will take a brief break from working on his Farewell Tour of
JCS to perform as Jesus with Yvonne Elliman as Mary and yes, Barry
will reprise his best-known role as Pilate! Jack Black is scheduled
to perform the part of Herod.
The role of Judas has yet to be settled but rumour has it the producer,
Gary Goddard is trying to get Ben Vereen who played Judas in the original
Broadway show or Murray Head from the original concept album.
No word on when tickets
will go on sale yet, but they will probably be sold via Nosotros,
the charitable organization founded by Ricardo Montalban. As soon as we
get more info, it'll be posted here.
A touring production
with a different cast may be in the works for the fall.
With the Silent
Partners run in Washington DC over, Barry's getting ready to head
back home to LA. His house has been refurbished in his absence so he's
keen to get back and see the result.
"This has been
a great show and a wonderful cast," he said about Silent Partners,
"But it really has been hard work." There's always the possibility
that the cast will perform the piece again although there are no immediate
No one seems quite
sure what's happening with the planned "Ted Neeley Farewell Tour"
of JCS and it now seems doubtful that Barry will be asked to reprise his
most famous role in that production. "There's still talk of a Last
Supper Tour featuring the cast from the original production, but that's
probably in the hands of the Really Useful Group which owns the performing
rights to JCS" he said. Meanwhile, he intends to continue the voice-over
work and is planning on getting back into writing mode - probably fiction
this time. He has some great ideas for novels that would transfer well
to the big screen. Naturally, we'll keep you informed of what's going
on via the website.
Back from DC with new photos and report on Barry's plans for the future.
I'll post more when I've finished unpacking.
The opening night of "Silent Partners" went well and Barry has
settled into the part. Some of the early reviews were a little harsh (a
result perhaps of too much rehersal of scenes and not enough complete
run-through), but he's having fun and the perfomances keep getting better.
for the many Easter JCS messages. Barry's responding to them as fast as
Finally, I'm going
to DC in a couple of weeks and I promise an honest report of "Silent
Partners" with lots of up-to-date Barry pics.
Okay, so by a show of hands, how many of you are preparing for Easter
by watching JCS for the gazillionth time? Thought so . . . me too!
Barry is safely esconced in Washington DC preparing for "Silent Partners"
but he's with you all in spirit and passes along his best regards. Happy
Barry'll soon be off to DC to do "Silent Partners". We keep
hearing rumors about a JCS reunion tour but unfortunately that's all they
are at the moment . . rumors!
Barry and Yvonne would commit but no word on Ted or anyone else.
Although he'll be back on the road, Barry will still do whatever it takes
to answer his e-mails so please keep them coming! Personally signed merchandise
is taking a little longer at the moment but hopefully we'll get that sorted
Website activity continues to grow and Barry is very touched by all the
interest in him and his career. The vast majority of his e-mail concerns
Pilate/JCS and he never tires of hearing about it so please don't be shy.
If you have a burning question or comment . . or even if you just want
to connect with the man who defined Pilate on stage, send those e-mails!
The bad news is that Diminishing Perspective is still not available. A
new label is being considered for general release.
The good news is that Barry has been invited to reprise the role of Bartold
Brecht in a theatrical production of "Silent Partners" in Washington
DC. Check this out for more details.
Of course, he'll continue his voice-over work in the meantime but this
production represents an ideal opportunity for his fans to see him on
stage again (not as Pilate unfortunately).
Thanks for all the guestbook entries and suggestions for website features.
The site is due for an update in late Spring and we'll incorporate as
many ideas as possible.
Barry is doing voice-over projects for video games - he has to sign confidentiality
agreements so the plotlines don't get out, and that prevents us from reporting
details here. Pity!
He's also in rehersals for a gig in Washington DC during April/May. More
details to follow.
a competition where the grand prize would be Barry's voice on your home
answering machine (like that NPR radio show, "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell
Barry thinks it's a cute idea and he's game . . . what do you think?
Imagine, the voice that was reciting the 23rd Psalm while Leo DiCaprio
was hurring him along on Titanic, doing your answering machine message?
If you think it'll work, we'll do it!
idea is to offer personalized greeting cards from Barry that can be sent
to fans for Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc. The logistics can be challenging
when he's on the road, but let us know what you think and perhaps we can
make it happen.
Barry is a wonderful
individual and open to most suggestions from his fans. He genuinely wants
you to enjoy his work and stay in touch. We're here to help!
Barry's doing more voice-overs for video games. We're looking at starting
a video games section on the site. What do you think? Let us know here.
We'd also like to know what you'd like to see in the merchandise section
of the site. Barry has some ideas, but he really wants to know what you
Copies of Barry's book have just about sold out! The book is out of print
so we're trying various places to get more copies.
BD is very busy at
the moment with several projects in the pipeline. However, despite everything
else that's going on, he's heavily committed to the website and is working
on an expansion of the Merchandise section as well as some more notes
about his earlier projects.
The site is
now listed on all the major search engines as well as a vast number of
JCS, Murray Head and Barbra Streisand sites. Thanks for all the links.
Oh my goodness! We've experienced more than 300% increase in visitors
to the site since August. Not only that, but Barry's been inundated with
personal e-mail messages. That's great - keep them coming. He tries to
answer each and every one personally so even though it may take a few
days, it's usually worth the wait.
FYI, the e-mail address
for the site doesn't go directly to Barry (those few people whe send lewd
or inappropriate messages can keep them to yourselves, thank you!), but
the genuine fan mail is forwarded to him immediately. Yes, he sees each
and every one and responds to most.
We'll have more news
about Diminishing Perspective soon. Sorry for the delay but the project
is in the hands of our good friends at Fluxedo who are doing their best
to get the album distributed. Watch (actually, listen) for an MP3 track
that Barry found recently in his personal archives. It contains Murray
Head humming an increadibly haunting tune and accompanying himself on
acoustic guitar. The tune is a genuine "work-in progress" and
won't be included in the finished cut of the CD. This website will be
probably the only place you can get it.
Barry is very busy
- there could be news of several new projects in the very near future
so please check back again regularly. . . and keep the messages coming!
We've had some problems with the shopping cart recently, caused by a conflict
between our own server and iKobi, the company we were using for credit
card processing. We've now changed to 2CO who provide us (and you) with
a highly secure shopping cart and credit card processing capability. If
you buy merchandise from this site, your credit card will show a charge
Now we have that sorted out, we can add more merchandise items. Thanks
for your patience.
Lots of projects in the pipeline, but nothing specific yet. The hit rate
of this site has been streadily increasing for the more than five years
that we've been going. Well it seems that last month we hit the 500,000
mark of unique visitors. That's a half million people interested in Barry's
work. Whilever you keep coming and showing an interest, Barry will keep
playing his part. Thank you!
We now have an official released date for the Diminishing Perspective
album, as well as copies of the press
release and cover artwork. Scott Kuchler, the album's producer at
Fluxedo Arts will sit on a panel at the IBS Convention (a college radio
convention) in New York City on March 12th 2005. This will constitute
the official launch of the project at radio.
We hope to have MP3 samples of at least three tracks, Diminishing Perspective,
Celestial City and Nightbird for download here in the next week or so.
The latest news on Diminishing Perspective is a planned release on CD
next month (February 2005) as a "concept album". Producer Scott
Kuchler has kindly supplied some MP3 samples and we'll try to get permission
for downloads. There's also talk of staging the project in NYC later in
the year but we haven't been able to get confirmation yet. Barry's busy
back in the studio with voice-over work after a well-earned rest and visit
to the east coast over the holidays. There are several other projects
in the air but nothing firm just yet.
After being off the road for a few months, Barry decided not to re-join
the JCS tour. However, that doesn't mean he's been idle! He's resumed
voice-over work and is putting the finishing touches to one of the main
characters in the new X-Box video game, Jade Empire which is due for release
It seems the long-awaited "Diminishing Perspective" CD with
Murray Head is back on the front burner. Barry has heard from the producers
and it will soon be released by Fluxedo Arts.
The JCS tour is taking a break so Barry has returned home to LA to catch
up on his other projects. Sorry for the delay in posting photos from the
Carl Anderson tribute in NYC but they'll be ready in a few days. Meanwhile,
by special arrangement with Sir Tim Rice, we have copies
of his autobiography available. The book was only distributed in England,
Australia and New Zealand, so fans of JCS around the world will now have
the opportunity to own copies. The book details some fascinating facts
about the JCS project, with photos of Barry, Yvonne and many other people
who brought the characters (back?) to life. Tim very kindly agreed to
personally autograph a few copies which are almost certain to become highly
prized collector's items.
Barry will be in NYC on Monday, May 10th to perform in a memorial concert
for the late Carl Anderson at the Ford Center on 42nd Street.
Naturally, there'll be songs from Carl's most famous role as Judas and
Barry will sing Pilate, along with Natalie Toro (Mary) and Eric Kunze
(Jesus) from the current JCS touring production (it won't be the whole
show - just musical selections). There will be a guest appearance by Yvonne
Elliman and perhaps a few other suprises. Ted Neeley was to be there but
it seems he has a scheduling conflict.
We'll have the full story and hopefully some backstage photos later next
Today was a sad day for JCS and music fans all over the world as we said
a sad farewell to Carl Anderson. Our thoughts are with his family as we
all begin to adjust to the idea that the man who defined the role of Judas
will sing no more....
Well, the tour's going well and Barry's getting some wonderful reviews
for his portrayal of Herod... "A Campy Delight" according to
Thank you to everyone who's signed the guestbook, and those who've asked
questions or sent e-mail messages to the site, let me again assure you
that Barry personally sees each and every message. He can't always reply
personally, but he loves hearing from you so keep 'em coming.
We'll have photos and Barrys personal reminiscinces from The Shining coming
up next, as well as some candid shots from the JCS tour. Also, news of
a European tour featuring some of the original cast which may be happening
later this year. Watch this space!
Wonderful news for Barry Dennen fans!
He's going to join his old friend Carl Anderson on the current USA touring
production of JCS. He'll be singing the role of Herod (Pilate is played
by Stephen Breithaupt). Carl is receiving rave reviews for his portrayal
of Judas and is looking forward to having Barry join the tour, probably
within the next couple of weeks.
The biggest news for JCS fans is that Barry will reprise his role as Pilate
in a concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed live in
El Paso, Texas on April 14th 2003.
The event is being hosted by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
and will be performed in honor of the 20th anniversary of the UTEP Dinner
Theater. Sir Tim Rice is expected to attend and Barry will be accompanied
on stage by Yvonne Elliman who will again sing the part of Mary. Unfortunately,
neither Ted Neeley nor Carl Anderson will be able to attend (Carl is on
the road with the latest JCS touring production; Ted is busy with the
"Rasputin" project), but the event promises to be superb, with
a full orchestra and chorale arrangements.
Barry has indicated that this may be the last time he'll sing Pilate.
Fortunately, we'll be on hand to record details of the event, so you'll
have a chance to see him in an outrageous leather outfit singing his heart
out! There'll also be as much behind-the-scenes info as we can get, so