Jesus Christ Superstar: Highlights From the All-Female Studio Cast Recording—featuring tunes from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical recorded by an all-female cast, orchestra, and engineers—drops April 29 on all digital music services, part of Morgan James' She Is Risen project.
“I've personally never been in a creative space with that many women,” shares Morgan James, who sings the role of Jesus on the album. "Everyone says that women can't work together, and that's just not true. We are so strong when we're together, and I just felt this love in the room and this camaraderie and sisterhood." Watch James' exclusive performance of “Gethsemane” in the video above.
Soul singer and Broadway alum James (Godspell) leads the cast as Jesus Christ, with Wicked and Waitress star Bean as Judas Iscariot, and The Color Purple Tony winner Cynthia Erivo as Mary Magdalene. They're joined by Grammy winner Ledisi as Simon, comedian Bridget Everett as King Herod, Legally Blonde star Orfeh as Pilate, and Tony winner Debbie Gravitte.
The recording follows two earlier EP releases. The culminating release newly adds "The Temple," "Damned for All Time," "The Last Supper," "Pilate and Christ," and "Trial Before Pilate" to the 10 tracks previously released as She Is Risen: Volume I and She Is Risen: Volume II.
The project began as a 2017 concert at New York City's Highline Ballroom, the brainchild of James.
Jesus Christ Superstar: Highlights From the All-Female Studio Cast Recording is helmed by executive producers Dawn Kamerling and Richard Amelius, producers Meg Toohey and James, and engineers Hannah Tobias and Vira Byramji, with mixing and mastering by Rachel Alina.