Ellis Nassour's Jesus Christ Superstar

Behind the Scenes of the Worldwide Musical Phenomenon

Applause Books 2024
Dedicated to Tim Rice
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Meet the Author

ELLIS NASSOUR, A New York-based international arts journalist, author, and playwright. Is a native Of Vicksburg, Mississippi. He's the author of the best-selling (still in print after 40+ years) Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story Of Patsy Cline, The First Book On The Legendary Singer (patsyclinehta.com).

He is a veteran of The New York Times and New York Daily News.

As director of artist relations for Universal Studios/MCA Music, he participated in the development of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar (gold record), and the careers Of The Who, Elton John [supervising his U.S. debut and first tour], Rick Nelson (gold record), Loretta Lynn (gold record), Brenda Lee (gold record), Conway Twitty, Bill Cosby, Neil Diamond (gold record), Crystal Gale, Bing Crosby (gold records), Florence Henderson, classical guitarist Andres Segovia.

At MCA, he also worked with Oscar-winning composer Alfred Newman on his last score, Airport; and such artists as Paul Newman, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Clint Eastwood, and Chirley Maclain.

Independently, Ellis did publicity for disco Diva Gloria Gaynor (gold record), soul diva Millie Jackson and composers Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim; and on the Broadway revival Recording of The Boy Friend, starring Judy Carne and Sandy Duncan.

Me and Moi

Moi & Me 1978, London on set, The Muppets with Miss Piggy. We had a good thing going 'til she went "green" on me!

Star Trio~~ 1978, London On Set, The Muppets With Miss Piggy. We Had A Good Thing Going 'Til She Went "Green" On Me!

The hit revue Always, Patsy Cline is four pages of Ellis' interviews with Patsy fan Louise Seger from his biographies. Ellis provided the Patsy Cline material for Robyn Archer's hit Australian and London West End revue A Star is Torn. He Co-hosted with K.D. Lang Bravo TV's The Voice [Patsy Cline Segment], the BBC specials Country Girls and vRock Shrines [Patsy Cline segments]; and contributed source material/photos for the Virginia Public TV documentary, Patsy Cline: The Lady Behind the Legend. He wrote Country Weekly's 40th anniversary Patsy Cline Tribute. Excerpts from his biography are featured on the Patsy Cline ["Shoebox"] Collection (MCA).

1963: with TV, film, and recordings sensation Connie Stevens

1972: with screen legend Joan Crawford

1968, Big Sur, CA: on location with Charlton Heston, starring as Astronaut George Taylor in 20th Century-Fox's Planet Of The Apes. At left, Lou Wagner as Lucius.

1970, New York, Metropolitan Opera: Ellis (Left), MCA Records VP, artist relations and Tom Morgan, MCA A&R manager (third from left) with The Who for their "Farewell" Tommy concert.

He wrote for Playbill for over 20 years and helped launch Playbill On-line. He has contributed to Gannett Newspapers, New York Lifestyles, Theater Life, Broadway Stars, Theatermania, and Stage Directions. He was a contributing editor and contributor (film, tv) to Oxford University Press' American National Biography. He is also the author of Rock Opera: The Creation of Jesus Christ Superstar, From Record Album to Broadway Show and Motion Picture. Ellis has conducted creative writing seminars at Universities across the country.

September 2005 saw the dedication of the Mamie and Ellis Nassour Arts & Entertainment Collection, in memory of his parents, in The University of Mississippi William Faulkner Archive at the J. D. Williams Library.

Ellis was instrumental in Patsy Cline's induction into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. The Musical Music City U.S.A.: Ev'ry Country Gal's Hollywood is adapted from his biography. He was a Time 2006 Person of the Year and is featured in the coffee table book Mississippians.