Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Tim Minchin in the 2012 tour (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Yvonne Elliman as Mary and Jeff Fenholt as Jesus in the original 1971 Broadway production (Photo: NYPL/Billy Rose Theatre Division)

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Chilina Kennedy, Paul Nolan & Josh Young in the 2012 Broadway revival (Photo: Joan Marcus)

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Guildford School of Acting

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Guildford School of Acting

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Guildford School of Acting

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

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

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, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.

The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” A true global phenomenon and perfect pick for schools, community theatres and professionals alike, Superstar continues to touch new generations of audiences and performers.

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Watch 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
  • "Hosanna" performed at the Candea College, Duiven in The Netherlands
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Jesus in his freshman year at Wesleyan
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice discuss the show in 1971

Show tags

Performance Group: College, Community Theatre, High School, Outdoor, Professional, Religious, Secondary School, University

Type: Sung Through

Style: Contemporary Broadway, Pop/Rock

Size of Orchestra: Large, Medium, Small/Combo

Setting: Period/Historical

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

Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen

Award Recognition: Broadway, West End

Collection: Community Theatre Favorites, Most popular, Religious Themes, School Favorites, Star Vehicle Male