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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 Feb 29


  • 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)

Patricia C.


Fantastic performance! Jesus had the most amazing voice and his s performance had me in tears! All the cast was excellent!! ... Read more

Kathy Shelton

Overall Great Performance

The singing & dancing was amazing! The man who played Judas was unforgettable; And the energy & professionalism of the dancers was an adrenaline rush for the audience. Always a fan, I’ve seen it about 5 times with various characters. One criticism I would offer is the way it ended. The audience obviously fell silent & expected more. We were waiting for his appearance after the resurrection because it’s true to the story, instead Jesus & Judas just calmly sat down & looked at us. It just didn’t fit. Also the Jesus character needed to be a little more ethereal & charismatic to make it more believable that hordes would follow him. The woman who played Mary could have been a little more “ stand out” as well. ... Read more

Kim Hassinger

Phenomenal Show!

This was the third time that I have seen Jesus Christ Superstar. This performance was by far the most amazing. All of the cast were so talented, and the choreography was unbelievable. I had chills several times throughout the show. I wish I could have personally congratulated the entire cast. Bravo! I highly recommend this show! ... Read more


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