The Story
Jesus Christ Superstar
Music
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Lyrics
TIM RICE
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera highlighting the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus Christ. The action largely follows the canonical gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus's life, beginning with the entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion. Twentieth-century attitude and sensibilities as well as contemporary slang pervade the lyrics, and ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout the political depiction of the events. A large part of the plot focuses on the character of Judas who is depicted as a realistic, conflicted, and tragic figure who is not satisfied with Jesus's apparent lack of political planning and recent claims of divinity.

PHOTOS
2002 Broadway Revival
2012 Broadway Revival
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Josh Young and the 2012 Broadway revival company in a performance of "Superstar" on the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
I Don't Know How To Love Him
Joanna Ampil & Steve Balsamo
1996 London Cast Recording

THE STORY

ACT ONE

Judas is beginning to worry about Jesus (Heaven On Their Minds). He doesn't believe that Jesus is the son of God as many others now seem to think, and he is afraid that if Jesus starts getting too loud, they will draw attention from the Romans, who will then crush them. That Friday night in Bethany, the apostles are asking Jesus about his plans for the future (What's the Buzz). While they pester Jesus, Mary Magdalene seeks to comfort him by rubbing his feet and hair in oil. Judas arrives, and asks Jesus what is doing with a woman of Mary Magdalene's reputation (Strange Thing Mystifying). Jesus says to leave her alone, not to throw stones unless your slate is clean, and states that no one there cares about him. Mary Magdalene tries to calm Jesus down (Everything's Alright) and soothes him, telling him not to worry. Judas, meanwhile, is asking Jesus why good money was used on expensive ointments instead of the poor. Jesus replies that they can't be helped, and alludes to his death, saying that they'll be lost when he's gone.

The following Sunday in Jerusalem, High Priest Caiaphas is with other priests, discussing what to do about Jesus (This Jesus Must Die). They conclude that Jesus must die.

When Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, the crowd is ecstatic, and sings hosannas (Hosanna). Simon Zealots tries to convince Jesus that he can convince the people of Jerusalem to arm against Rome (Simon Zealots). Jesus answers that no one understands what true power or glory is, and that to conquer death, one must die (Poor Jerusalem).

The next day, Pontius Pilate has a dream about Jesus, and his role in his death (Pilate's Dream). Jesus arrives at the temple in Jerusalem to find it a haven for moneylenders and merchants. He chases them out in anger (The Temple). He is then surrounded by lepers and the poor, begging to be healed. Jesus yells at them to heal themselves. Mary Magdalene tries to comfort him again (Everything's Alright (Reprise)). After Jesus is asleep, Mary Magdalene tries to decide how to deal with her love for him (I Don't Know How To Love Him). On Tuesday, Judas goes to talk with Caiaphas (Damned For All Time) and tells them where to find Jesus on Thursday night (Blood Money). A distant choir tells Judas, "Well done."


ACT TWO

It is Thursday night in the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus is performing the Last Supper (The Last Supper). The apostles discuss how they're glad to be where they are now, while Jesus suffers from doubt. He announces that Peter will deny him, and another of his twelve chosen will betray him. Judas confronts him, telling Jesus that he knows very well that Judas is the one that will be the betrayer. Judas leaves, and the other apostles go to sleep. Jesus stays awake, and prays (Gethsemane). He wants to know why he must die, why he must go through with his Father's plan.

Judas arrives later, and betrays Jesus with a kiss (The Arrest). Caiaphas asks if he is the Son of God, and Jesus answers that that is what others say that he is. Peter denies he ever knew Jesus to three people (Peter's Denial). Mary Magdalene wonders how Jesus could have known. Jesus is taken to Pilate, who sends him off to Herod, since Jesus comes from Galilee (Pilate and Christ).

King Herod asks Jesus to perform miracles to prove that he is the Son of God; if he does, Herod will let him go free (King Herod's Song). Jesus refuses, and he is sent back to Pilate. Judas sees the bruised and beaten state Jesus is in, and wonders how he could have done such a thing to Jesus. He hangs himself, saying that Jesus has murdered him. Pontius Pilate tries to help Jesus, and tries to sate the crowd's cry for crucification with 39 lashes (Trial Before Pilate). But the crowds still clamor for Jesus's death, and he is sent to be crucified. The voice of Judas is heard as Jesus carries his cross (Superstar). He wonders why Jesus choose the particular time and place that he did, and why he choose to sacrifice himself for others. Jesus is nailed to the cross (The Crucifixion). He dies, and into his Father's hands he commends his spirit. His body is then taken to a tomb (John Nineteen Forty-One).

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer DODGER PROPERTIES, THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP
Direction DES McANUFF
Choreography LISA SHRIVER
Scenic Design ROBERT BRILL
Costume Design PAUL TAZEWELL
Lighting Design HOWELL BINKLEY
Sound Design STEVE CANYON
Cast
Jesus Christ PAUL NOLAN
Mary Magdalene CHILINA KENNEDY
Judas Iscariot JOSH YOUNG
Pontius Pilate TOM HEWITT
Caiaphas MARCUS NANCE
Pontius Pilate TOM HEWITT
King Herod BRUCE DOW
Annas AARON WALPOLE
Creative
Producer THE REALLY USEFUL SUPERSTAR COMPANY INC, NEDERLANDER PRODUCING COMPANY OF AMERICA INC
Direction GALE EDWARDS
Choreography ANTHONY VAN LAAST
Orchestrations ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Musical Director PATRICK VACCARIELLO
Scenic Design PETER J. DAVISON
Costume Design ROGER KIRK
Lighting Design MARK McCULLOGH
Sound Design RICHARD RYAN
Cast
Jesus Christ GLENN CARTER
Mary Magdalene MAYA DAYS
Judas Iscariot TONY VINCENT
Simon Zealotes MICHAEL K. LEER
Caiaphas FREDERICK B. OWENS
Pontius Pilate KEVIN GRAY
King Herod PAUL KANDEL
Peter RODNEY HICKS
Creative
Producer THE REALLY USEFUL THEATRE COMPANY
Direction GALE EDWARDS
Choreography ANTHONY VAN LAAST
Orchestrations ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Musical Director SIMON LEE
Scenic and Costume Design JOHN NAPIER
Lighting Design DAVID HERSEY
Sound Design RICHARD RYAN
Cast
Jesus Christ STEVE BALSAMO
Mary Magdalene JOANNA AMPIL
Judas Iscariot ZUBIN VARLA
Simon Zealotes GLENN CARTER
Caiaphas PETER GALLAGHER
Pontius Pilate DAVID BURT
King Herod NICK HOLDER
Peter PETER HAWKYARD
Creative
Producer HAL ZEIGER
Direction WILLIAM DANIEL GREY
Choreography KELLY CARROL
Orchestrations ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Musical Director DON REBIC
Sound Design JOHN CEVETELLO
Cast
Jesus Christ WILLIAM DANIEL GREY
Mary Magdalene BARBARA NILES
Judas Iscariot PATRICK JUDE
Simon Zealotes BOBBY LONDON
Caiaphas CHRISTOPHER CABLE
Pontius Pilate RANDY WILSONR
King Herod MARK SYERS
Peter RANDY MARTIN
Creative
Direction JIM SHARMAN
Musical Director ANTHONY BOWLES
Scenic Design BRIAN THOMPSON
Costume Design GABRIELLE FALK
Cast
Jesus Christ PAUL NICHOLAS
Mary Magdalene DANA GILLESPIE
Judas Iscariot STEPHEN TATE
Simon Zealotes DEREK JAMES
Caiaphas GEORGE HARRIS
Pontius Pilate JOHN PARKER
King Herod PAUL JABARA
Peter RICHARD BARNES
Creative
Producer ROBERT STIGWOOD
Direction TOM O'HORGAN
Orchestrations ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Musical Director MARC PRESSEL
Scenic Design ROBIN WAGNER
Costume Design RANDY BARCELO
Lighting Design JULES FISHER
Sound Design TAPLIN PRODUCTIONS
Cast
Jesus Christ JEFF FENHOLT
Mary Magdalene YVONNE ELLIMAN
Judas Iscariot BEN VEREEN
Simon Zealotes DENNIS BUCKLEY
Caiaphas BOB BINGHAM
Pontius Pilate BARRY DENNEN
King Herod PAUL AINSLEY
Peter MICHAEL JASON
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Overture Ensemble
Heaven on Their Minds Judas Iscariot
What's the Buzz / Strange Thing, Mystifying Jesus of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, Judas Iscariot and Disciples
Everything's Alright Mary Magdalene, Judas Iscariot, Jesus of Nazareth and Disciples
This Jesus Must Die Caiaphas, Annas, Priests and Disciples
Hosanna Caiaphas, Jesus of Nazareth and Disciples
Simon Zealotes / Poor Jerusalem Simon Zealotes, Jesus of Nazareth, Disciples and Roman Guards
Pilate's Dream Pontius Pilate
The Temple Jesus of Nazareth and Profiteers
Everything's Alright (Reprise) Mary Magdalene and Jesus of Nazareth
I Don't Know How to Love Him Mary Magdalene
Damned for All Time / Blood Money Judas Iscariot, Caiaphas, Annas, Priests and The Mob


ACT TWO

The Last Supper Jesus of Nazareth, Judas Iscariot and Apostles
Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say) Jesus of Nazareth
The Arrest Jesus of Nazareth, Judas Iscariot, Peter, Apostles, Caiaphas, Annas, The Mob and Roman Guards
Peter's Denial Peter, Mary Magdalene, Apostles and The Mob
Pilate and Christ Pontius Pilate, Jesus of Nazareth, Annas, Mary Magdalene, Apostle, Roman Guards and The Mob
King Herod's Song King Herod and Court
Could We Start Again, Please? Mary Magdalene, Peter, Simon Zealotes, Disciples and Roman Guards
Judas' Death Judas Iscariot, Caiaphas, Annas and The Mob
Trial by Pilate Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, Annas, Jesus of Nazareth and The Mob
Superstar Judas Iscariot, Soul Girls, Angels and Paparazzi
Crucifixion Jesus of Nazareth and Disciples
John 19:41 Jesus of Nazareth and Disciples

On The Twentieth Century
Hairspray
Redhead
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

2002 Broadway Production
2012 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Josh Young and the 2012 Broadway revival company in a performance of "Superstar" on the Tony Awards.
Performance highlights montage from the 2012 Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Highlights from the 2011 Stratford Shakespeare Festival's production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Glenn Carter and Tony Vincent lead the 2000 Broadway revival cast in a performance of 'Gethsemane' and 'Superstar' at the Tony Awards.

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