The Magdalene is a contemporary musical in the spirit of Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell about Mary Magdalene and her powerful relationship with the man known to the world as Jesus Christ. This ultra-progressive story is inspired by the recent discovery of alternative biblical gospels – The Gnostic Gospels. In these Gospels, we behold Mary Magdalene not as a prostitute but as the most enlightened of all the disciples and the Apostle of all Apostles. In this passionate musical about religion and sacrifice, Mary and Yeshua are destined to become husband and wife, and face together the dangerous and corrupt powers of the time – the Roman Empire and the church – battling not only new religious ideas, but also the opposition to empowering women.
The Magdalene is composed by James Olm , book by J.C. Hanley & James Olm, creative consultant Richard Maltby Jr. and is directed by Richard Burk.