“She Is Risen” Albums Brings Feminist Voices to “Jesus Christ Superstar”

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“Women want to be involved in projects like this. The scarcity of this is what made everybody say ‘Yes, I want to do this, I want to be in that room with that many amazing women.’”

Morgan James. (Akshay Bhoan)

The concept album started with a dream. Singer, songwriter and Broadway actor Morgan James (Motown, Godspell) dreamed that she performed Jesus Christ Superstar. In her dream, she was Jesus and Shoshana Bean was Judas.

She told her friends about the dream, and they encouraged her to make her idea of an all-women production a reality. She texted Shoshana who agreed to join her, and eventually what James says started out as a lark became the (so far) two-volume “She Is Risen.”

Volume One was released in April, and Volume Two in September. Other performers on the albums include Cynthia Erivo as Mary Magdalene, Orfeh as Pilate, and Ledisi as…

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