The hippy tribal rock musical Hair may have ushered in a brand-new age for musicals when it originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1967, but it was the British-born Jesus Christ Superstar, first released as a best-selling concept album three years later, that utterly transformed the landscape. The show's 1972 London stage premiere (a year after a different version had opened on Broadway) would become the longest-running West End musical in history (until it was overtaken in turn... Read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical Jesus Christ Superstar returns to London in 2019 as Timothy Sheader’s Olivier Award-winning production runs at the Barbican, with tickets for the revival now on sale.
This production of the musical first ran at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in 2016, starring Declan Bennett and Tyrone Huntley, to widespread critical acclaim for its use of live music and framing the story with a focus on fame and fandom.
Jesus Christ Superstar runs at the Barbican from 4th July to 24th August, with tickets available now.
The musical looks at the last week of Jesus’ life, including his arrival in Jerusalem with his disciples, and crucifixion. It includes a number of classic rock musical numbers including “Gethsemane”, “I Don’t Know How To Love Him”, “Everything’s Alright” and “Superstar”.
With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the rock opera was originally released a concept album in 1970, before a production was seen on Broadway in 1971. It came to the West End the following year, starring Paul Nicholas at the Palace Theatre.
Other notable productions include a run at the Lyceum Theatre starring Steve Balsamo and Zubin Varla, and a UK arena tour which starred Tim Minchin and talent show winner Ben Forster.
Tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican are on sale now.
Jesus Christ Superstar follows the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ, featuring the songs I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.
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Our Review of Jesus Christ Superstar
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