Jesus Christ Superstar: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Hit Rock Opera
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The line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred in this smash musical about escape and the transportive power of love. Created by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriting team that penned Chicago and Cabaret, and four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, Kiss of the Spider Woman was the winner of seven Tony Awards in 1993, including Best Musical. It's the story of two cellmates in a Latin American prison -- Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser. Molina survives his jailers' torture and humiliation by escaping to a fantasy world filled with the movies he loved as a child, conjuring a beautiful and beguiling screen enchantress named Aurora as his imaginary diva. As the relationship between Valentin and Molina becomes increasingly complicated, so too do Molina's over-the-top fantasies, which begin threatening to overtake his real life. Learn More
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Featured review from Huston
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Performances were strong, but the show was somewhat overproduced. Some of the "time shifting" with sets and costumes was superfluous and the "anthem" was a little too much over-the-top. Quite enjoyed the show, and would recommend it. The production issues are why it didn't get that 5th star.
Quotes & Highlights
- <em>Jesus Christ Superstar </em>was the first Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber collaboration to be professionally staged.
- Read more about Jesus Christ Superstar on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.andrewlloydwebber.com/shows/jesus-christ-superstar/">Andrew Lloyd Webber's website</a>.
- "If you thought Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1970 rock opera <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em> is only fit for high-school stages, think again. This production is spectacular." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.seattleweekly.com/2011-05-18/arts/opening-nights-jesus-christ-superstar/"><em>Seattle Weekly</em></a>
From Tim Rice's website:
The first Tim Rice / Andrew Lloyd Webber work to be professionally staged was Jesus Christ Superstar. Tim had been fascinated by the short shrift given to the stories of Judas Iscariot and Pontius Pilate in the Bible since his school days, and so the duo chose to examine the last seven days of the life of Christ for their third collaboration. Like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the story is told entirely through song.
As no one was willing to back their idea as a stage show, Tim and Andrew produced a concept album of the project with MCA in 1970. Prior to the double album's release, the single "Superstar," sung by Murray Head, was released near the end of 1969.
The success of the concept album created a huge demand for a Broadway production. Jesus Christ Superstar opened on Broadway in 1971 with Ben Vereen as Judas and Yvonne Elliman reprising her role from the concept album as Mary. The U.K. production premiered the following year with Paul Nicholas in the title role.