Joanna Ampil stars as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Tokyo staging

Joanna Ampil Mary Magdalene
Good News Pilipinas Filipino Pride Advocate Joanna Ampil will reprise her role on Jesus Christ Superstar in Tokyo this October. Photo from Joanna Ampil’s official Facebook page

Joanna Ampil will star as Mary Magdalene in a new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, in Japan.

The award-winning theater star and film actress is scheduled to debut on the Tokyo stage at the Tokyu Theatre Orb this October.

Joanna Ampil went on social media to confirm her new project saying, “I’m thrilled to be playing Mary Magdalene once again after opening it in the West End many years ago, and to have my debut in Tokyo in another Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece.”

The rock opera tells the story of the final week of Jesus Christ’s life in the perspective of Judas Escariot. It also explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers, and the Roman Empire.

Ampil will be sharing the international stage with Declan Bennett as Jesus Christ, Ramin Karimloo as Judas Iscariot, and Telly Leung as Peter.

Jesus Christ Superstar goes on stage in October.

The Ambassador and Filipino Pride Advocate had previously played iconic roles in the international musical theater which include:

• Kim in the West End production of “Miss Saigon”
• Fantine in “Les Miserables”
• Grizabella in “Cats”
• Mimi in “Rent”
• Two Marias in “West Side Story” and “The Sound of Music”

The theater actress also delved into nonsinging roles in the Philippines such as the iWant TV web miniseries’ “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3” and Dreamscape and Heaven’s Best Entertainment’s “Call Me Tita.”

In 2017, Joanna Ampil bagged the Best Actress Award in the 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival for her role as Candida in the film adaptation of “Larawan, the Musical.”

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