Jesus Christ Superstar facts for kids

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Jesus Christ Superstar
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Album cover for the 1970 American release of Jesus Christ Superstar
Music Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics Tim Rice
Productions
  • 1970 Concept album
  • 1971 Broadway
  • 1972 West End
  • 1972 Australian Tour
  • 1973 Film
  • 1977 Broadway
  • 1977 US Tour
  • 1992 US Tour
  • 1992 Australian Tour
  • 1996 West End
  • 1998 UK Tour
  • 2000 2nd Film Version
  • 2000 Broadway
  • 2001 UK Tour
  • 2002 US Tour
  • 2004 UK Tour
  • 2006 US Tour
  • 2008 UK Tour
  • 2012 Broadway
  • 2012 UK Arena Tour
  • 2015 UK Tour
  • 2016 Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
  • 2018 Live television concert
  • 2018 Lyric Opera of Chicago

Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is mostly sung-through, with little spoken dialogue. The show closed on 30 June 1973 after 711 performances. It was released as a movie in 1973 starring Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson.

The story is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus's life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.

The work's depiction offers an interpretation of the psychology of Jesus and the other characters. A large part of the plot focuses on the character of Judas, who is depicted as a tragic figure dissatisfied with the direction in which Jesus steers his disciples and fearful for the harm that may result.

The original 1970 concept album was very popular; its 1971 release topped the US Billboard Pop Albums. The 1972 and 1992 Australian cast recordings were also both highly successful.

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