This composition was written as a social media post reflecting on the actor’s experience of Paramount Theatre’s “Jesus Christ Superstar.” It is published with the author’s permission. Our review of the production may be read here.
By Evan Tyrone Martin
I have finally had a moment to reflect on the last three weeks of my life and how God moves in ways we can’t possibly imagine.
When I signed on for this project, cast as Peter and Jesus’ u/s, I was already feeling the weight of possibly stepping into the title role and was VERY vocal about my hesitation to go on. Haha. And after spending a DAY in the room with this….just insanely talented cast of BLACK ARTISTS…I knew this was something special and beyond my comprehension.
But here’s the thing—when our leading man (Destan Owens) had to step away to take care of himself and those he loves, the Lord changed my heart. Then and there.
Our designer run just a couple of days later was an absolute blur—I was off book, staging mostly memorized, and felt a peace that I couldn’t explain to you if I tried. And I could feel every. Last. One. Of the beautiful people in this picture below lifting me up. They were patient, loving, encouraging. They may not even know, but they were everything I could have asked for in a cast-church-family.
Each night when we take that stage — there is a strength in us, there is a power in telling a story OUR way. With OUR heart. With OUR voices — as different and wonderful as all of them are.
As we take the stage nightly I am blessed, honored, and humbled to do it with THESE artists. At THIS moment. Black people are magic. These black artists are 🔥🔥🔥
Thank you to everyone who trusted me. Who supported me. To those who have kept me honest. To those that have pushed me further. Those that had my back in those moments of fear or doubt.
This is and will forever be one of the great experiences of my life!! I love these people!!!