Jesus Christ Superstar

A rock opera based on the last week of Jesus’ life.

Photo: Bournemouth and Boscombe Light Opera Company 2019
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Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events, but seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.


Size of orchestra: Large Medium Small/Combo

Genre: Adaptation (Literature) Drama Faith-based Holiday Period

Vocal demands: Challenging Moderate

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Ensemble Cast Expandable Casting Mostly Men Multicultural Casting Non-Traditional Casting Reduced Casting/Doubling Star Vehicle Male

Performance groups

Amateur Society Performing Arts School Religious Secondary School University Youth Group

Videos from the show

  • Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber on the history of JCS
  • Original Murray Head 1971 promo video
  • Tim Minchin, “Superstar,” 2012 arena tour
  • Teaser Trailer for 2016 Regent’s Park production
  • Brodyn Knucky sings "King Herod's Song" at Massey High School in 2011
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Jesus in his freshman year at Wesleyan
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice discuss the show in 1971
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