In a questionable example of extreme energy for theater kids, James D. Beeks, a musical theater actor with multiple Broadway credits, was arrested on charges related to the Capitol violation on January 6. The District of Columbia attorney’s office announced Tuesday that Beeks, 49, “an affiliate of the Oath Keepers,” had been charged with obstructing Congress and illegally entering a building or restricted land.
On Tuesday, Beeks was still listed on Jesus Christ Superstar‘s American Tour Actors Page as playing ‘Judas’ under the stage name ‘James T. Justis.’ Federal investigators apparently attended several performances of Jesus Christ Superstar to visit in November in order to observe him in the role. Beeks’ Broadway credits include Kinky Boots, Aida, Ragtime, and Smokey Joe’s Coffee. He is also a self-proclaimed “Best Artist of Michael Jackson Tribute”, according to his YouTube page.
According to the findings of a federal investigation, Beeks was among the mob that attacked law enforcement as she entered the Capitol. He had already paid dues to the Oath Keepers just two weeks before January 6, the report says. Unlike many others around him who wore homemade bulletproof vests in the insurgency, Beeks apparently chose to wear a WRONG Michael Jackson world tour jacket.