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Why see Jesus Christ Superstar?

Who are you? What have you sacrificed? 

Fresh off a hit run in London, this Olivier Award-winning new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's groundbreaking musical astounds is heading on a North American tour. Lacing together biblical drama with a propulsive rock and funk score, director Timothy Sheader reinvents the story for the modern age, paring back the more overblown aspects of the original for a truly rocking show.

Originally starting life in 1970 as a concept album, the show was ALW's first to debut on Broadway ahead of London in 1971. Featuring the well-known hits "Superstar" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," Superstar is a tremendously powerful musical that retains a large fan base the world over.

What is Jesus Christ Superstar about?

A bombastic rock opera based on the Gospels, Jesus Christ Superstar portrays the last week of Jesus' life, heavily focusing on his relationship with Judas Iscariot. Imbued with modern sensibilities and contemporary political and social themes, this show is about a very human Jesus Christ, one who must reckon with his impending death.

Key Information



Run Time

Two hours and 10 minutes


Finished Jan 30, 2022


  • Jack Hopewell as Jesus
  • Elvie Ellis as Judas
  • Faith Jones as Mary
  • Nicholas Hambruch as Pilate
  • Grant Hodges as Caiaphas
  • Kodiak Thompson as Annas

Further cast

Ethan Hardy Benson, Joshua Bess, Josh Jordan, Jahlil M. Burke, Jordan Welsey Brown, Cooper Clack, Emma Cook, Kalei Cotecson, Lydia Eku, Savannah Fisher, Haley Huelsman, Jeremy Makana Hurr, Domanick Anton Hubbard, Lena Matthews, Hosea Mundi, L'oreal Roache


  • Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Lyrics by Tim Rice
  • Directed by Timothy Sheader


2012 Tony Awards

  • Best Revival of a Musical
  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Josh Young

2012 Drama Desk Awards

  • Outstanding Revival of a Musical
  • Outstanding Sound Design

2000 Tony Awards

  • Best Revival of a Musical

1996 Olivier Awards

  • Best Musical Revival

1972 Tony Awards

  • Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical - Ben Vereen
  • Best Original Score - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
  • Best Scenic Design - Robin Wagner
  • Best Costume Design - Randy Barcelo
  • Best Lighting Design - Jules Fisher

1972 Drama Desk Awards

  • Most Promising Composer - Andrew Lloyd Webber


Customer reviews

145 reviews, average rating: (2.8 Stars)

Cindy Wiechmann


Saw this rendition of one of my favorite if not favorite shows last night. I have seen Ted Neeley (Jesus) and Carl Anderson (Judas) in the stage version of the original rock opera several times (as well as seeing the movie a million times) and was looking forward to this version. It did not disappoint. It stayed pretty much in step with the original rock opera with a modern kind of hip hop/modern dance twist. The vocals were amazing as well as the set design. The live music was amazing. Go with an opened mind and you will really enjoy the show! ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC !! ... Read more



My husband saw original 50 years ago . I saw somewhat later. This production is very good. We enjoyed it all. Interpretation slightly different from years ago but still wonderful. ... Read more


JC Superstar

I came to the show having seen it live 50 years ago in Chicago. Didn't imagine it could measure up. Measure up it did! Fantastic! I don't understand the folks complaining about plot lines etc. Guess the same controversy still exists about it today as it did all those years ago. At that time, I was told it was blasphemous. A very moving performance. ... Read more


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