Whistle Down the Wind

Andrew Lloyd Webber tackles Jesus

Theatre Under The Stars presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Whistle Down the Wind. The story follows some children who find a mysterious wanderer holed up in a barn and mistake him for Jesus. Of course, all hell breaks loose. Is he really the Messiah? Or is he an escaped convict? Will the children’s innocence and faith prove stronger than the townspeople’s suspicion and hate? Ah, you’ll have to see the show to find out. Set to a pop/rock sound track, the show is set in small-town, 1950s Louisiana — a far cry from the small-town England of the original book and subsequent film, but no big detour by Webber standards (remember Jesus Christ Superstar?). Since its late-’90s Washington D.C. premiere, the show has survived negative reviews, a canceled Broadway opening and even a bizarre concept album of songs from the show covered by the likes of Tom Jones, Boy George, Meat Loaf and Donny Osmond. Despite those troubles, Whistle keeps, well, whistling along. A few stumbles mean nothing to die-hard -Webber-heads. This is, after all, the man whose epitaph may well read: “Andrew Lloyd Webber: Too big for Broadway.”
Sundays, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 9. Continues through Sept. 23, 2007
 
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