March 22, 2012
The musical tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus Christ’s life. Judas Iscariot is concerned that Jesus’ growing popularity will be perceived as a threat by Jerusalem’s Roman occupiers. Indeed, priests Caiaphas, Annas and more gather and agree that Jesus and his movement must be crushed. Jesus arrives in Jerusalem only to find the temple filled with unsavory merchants and moneylenders. Judas, fearing the movement is getting out of Jesus’ control, goes to the Romans and tells them Jesus will be in the Garden of Gethsemane the following night, and is paid 30 pieces of silver for the information. At the Garden, Jesus is arrested and ultimately condemned to death on the cross.
Jesus Christ Superstar borrows from the New Testament's Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
First released as a concept album in, Jesus Christ Superstar then premiered on Broadway the following year, starring Ben Vereen, Jeff Fenholt and Yvonne Elliman. It was first revived on Broadway in 1977 and again in 2000. The current production was first presented at Canada's Stratford Shakespeare Festival and had a pre-Broadway run at La Jolla Playhouse.
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice
The Dodgers and The Really Useful Group, Latitude Link, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Waxman-Dokton, Joe Corcoran, Detsky/Sokolowski/Kassie, Florin-Blanshay-Fan/Broadway Across America, Rich/Caudwell, Shin/Coleman, TheatreDreams North America, LLC, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Musical Revival
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Musical
—Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Original director Tom O’Horgan’s assistant Harvey Milk worked on the Broadway premiere of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971 before leaving for San Francisco, where he became the country’s first openly gay politician.