Jesus Christ Superstar is the sixth installment of the Broadway at Lyric initiative. Three-time Olivier Award winner Timothy Sheader directs the North American debut of his acclaimed 2016 production from Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre. Sheader will be joined in Chicago by the original creative team, including Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie, Tony Award-nominated set & costume designer Tom Scutt and Olivier Award-nominated lighting designer Lee Curran. The Chicago production will feature members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
“Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most exciting examples of a rock opera,” notes Lyric's General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud. “The Lyric Opera House, which we rent out regularly for rock concerts, will suit this piece wonderfully. Superstar is genuinely grand scale, high energy, and larger than life. It gains immeasurably in impact from being performed in a large space that can accommodate the powerful melodies and the mesmerizing drama those melodies communicate to the audience."
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.