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Q+A with Jesus Christ Superstar Cast Member and Wisconsin Native Colin Robertson

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Written by Philomena Dorobek, Brand Storyteller
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
 
 
Say, “Hello” to Colin Robertson, one of Wisconsin’s own. Colin plays the role of Peter in Broadway’s 50th Anniversary Season of Jesus Christ Superstar and is a part of the Ensemble. This is Colin’s first National tour, and prior to joining the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, his longest show run was three weeks. You can listen to an interview with Colin on Kimberly, Wisconsin's radio station, WHBY here. Read on to hear his thoughts about his Wisconsin origins, Jesus Christ Superstar and more!

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jesus Christ Superstar in the Fox Cities when the production performs on the Fox Cities P.A.C.’s Thrivent Hall stage Tuesday, October 18 to Sunday, October 23. Purchase your tickets here.
 
Colin, can you tell us about your Wisconsin roots?
I was born and raised in Kenosha, WI and my mother’s family is from Appleton, so I spent all the big holidays up here! Since graduating high school, I haven’t gotten to spend as much time in Wisconsin as I would like, so I’m very grateful this tour is making stops in both Appleton and Madison.
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is your first National tour! What does being a part of the tour mean to you?
It’s a super exciting moment for me for many reasons! Jesus Christ Superstar was one of the first CDs I burned onto my IPod Nano in like 4th grade, so this show had been rattling around in my consciousness for what feels like forever. It’s surreal to get to perform a show that almost feels like it’s part of your DNA. Also, doing a national tour is super exciting because you get to stick with the show for a long time and see it grow. Before this, the longest run I’ve ever done of a show was three weeks. Nine months is going to be a whole new experience!
 
With all the traveling, are there things you miss about Wisconsin?
Honestly, Culver’s and having access to Lake Michigan! When I tell you I consumed a horrifying amount of Culver’s cheese curds and custard growing up, I mean it! And being along Lake Michigan is wonderful for two reasons. One, navigation. You always know which way is east. And two, it just feels like home. There’s a rootedness and a power that comes off of that lake that I miss every day when I’m somewhere else.
 
You play Peter in the show and are also a part of the ensemble. What’s your preparation process look like before going on stage?
As Peter, I’m part of Jesus’ “band” so I’ve got a lot of things to do. My warmup is mainly about making sure my head is on straight and I know where my tambourine is, I know my guitar is tuned and ready to go, I know my body and voice are warmed up. I think of Peter as kind of a support system in a way, so I want to make sure I’m where I need to be so that I can support those around me.
 
Jesus Christ Superstar is now celebrating its 50th Anniversary. How does it feel to be a part of something with such a long history?
It’s really wild! First off, it’s stuck around for so long for a reason. It’s amazing!!! It’s very rare that you get to sink your teeth into a show with such amazing writing. Through the years, and because the source material is so good, there’s been a lot of different interpretations of it. There’s been movies, concerts, operetta like shows, and now this magnificent production that is so vibrant and new, brilliantly choreographed by Drew McOnie and directed by Tim Sheader.
 
Final thoughts to share with audience members:
Just that I hope they come into this production with an open mind and an open heart. All the songs they love are still there, but there’s so much more in this production that makes it wildly exciting. Hope to see y’all there!
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