Jesus Christ Superstar was Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s third collaboration (after The Likes of Us and Joseph). As no one was willing to back their idea as a stage show, the pair first produced the single “Superstar,” sung by Murray Head, near the end of 1969, followed by a concept album of the project with MCA in 1970. The massive success of the record in the U.S. (the album hit number one) created a huge demand for a Broadway production and Jesus Christ Superstar opened at the Great White Way’s Mark Hellinger Theatre in October 1971. Starring Ben Vereen as Judas and Yvonne Elliman reprising her role from the concept album as Mary, the show received five Tony nods. The U.K. production premiered the following year with Paul Nicholas in the title role. By 1980, after 3,358 performances, Superstar had become the longest-running musical in West End history at the time. Superstar has been revived on Broadway three times, most recently in 2012, and was last seen in London in 2016’s award-winning production at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, where it will return this summer. Twice adapted into a film, Superstar has been professionally produced in 42 countries around the world.