Prepare for a rock opera extravaganza as Jesus Christ Superstar the musical takes over the Pantages Theatre from December 26 to 31! This Christmas season calls for a reminder of Christ’s passion, and what’s a better way to experience it than the modern rendition of the award-winning musical? Jesus Christ Superstar, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was a thrilling sensation when it premiered in 1971. This 2022, the musical celebrates its 50th-anniversary revival with updated visuals, a phenomenal cast, and a top-tier orchestra! The story is loosely based on Jesus Christ’s passion and his disciples. If you’re keen on watching Jesus Christ Superstar’s 50th-anniversary revival, you better get your tickets now before it’s too late!
Jesus Christ Superstar’s story starts with the point of view of his most notorious disciple, Judas Iscariot. The disciple becomes worried that Jesus’ followers are becoming out of control. He also implores Jesus to avoid interacting with the sex worker, Mary Magdalene, but Jesus does not heed Judas’ advice. However, Judas’ worries were not unfounded. The high priest of Israel, Caiaphas, is plotting to kill Jesus to stop his massive following from further growing.
The musical’s story may not be the traditional depiction of Jesus Christ’s story. Still, several events may be familiar, such as Jesus driving out vendors from the temple, healing the lepers, the Passover meal, Judas’ betrayal, and the crucifixion. This fantastic musical received wide critical acclaim upon opening on Broadway in 1971. In 1977, the production finally opened in London’s West End and ran for several years. By 1980, Jesus Christ Superstar had garnered over $236 million in ticket sales. Indeed, the musical has become a true cultural phenomenon.
In 1972, Jesus Christ Superstar won a Drama Desk and Theatre World awards. More than four decades later, the revival won a Laurence Olivier Award and two Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London. Meanwhile, the musical earned numerous accolades at the Tony Awards in 2000 and 2012. The original production was directed by Tom O’Horgan and featured a sensational cast. In the 50th anniversary revival, the production features a highly-regarded ensemble composed of David Andre, Courtney Arango, Wesley Barnes, Sara Andreas, Milena Comeau, Lydia Ruth Dawson, and many more. The tour will also be directed by Timothy Sheader, while Drew McOnie will lead choreography.
“As much as the story of Jesus Christ may be timeless, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is definitely a show from the early 1970s that is very much of its time.” – Andrew Haynes from Attraction Magazine.
“Drew McOnie’s choreography is perhaps the star of the show, as he deftly uses the large ensemble to fill the stage and create the mood. This production and this cast are a perfect way to experience the show for the first time or to revisit an old favorite.” – Nicole Ackman from BroadwayWorld.
The 50th Anniversary tour was met with wide critical acclaim. Nicole Ackman from BroadwayWorld wrote, “Drew McOnie’s choreography is perhaps the star of the show, as he delft uses the large ensemble to fill the stage and create the mood.” Ackman added that the production and cast are “a perfect way to experience the show for the first time or to revisit an old favorite.” Meanwhile, Andrew Haynes from Attraction Magazine commends the 2022 production for having ‘60s and ‘70s influences, “As much as the story of Jesus Christ may be timeless, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is definitely a show from the early 1970s that is very much of its time.” Lastly, Paul Hyde from the Greenville Journal has plenty of good words for the 2022 production, “The 50th-anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” is dynamite. This is a big, pumped-up, go-for-broke staging, delivered with vocal heft and passion. It packs a wallop.”
Jesus Christ Superstar opens at the Pantages Theatre, in Los Angeles, on Monday, December 26, 2022. The venue is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and 2,700 plush seats to let guests enjoy the musical with ease. Since 1930, the Pantages Theatre has been the prime destination for world-renowned Broadway productions. Some of the most notable events that have visited Pantages Theatre include The Wizard of Oz, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, and Cats, among others.
Come and join the celebration of Jesus Christ Superstar’s 50th anniversary this winter! Tickets are now available! So, you better be quick and get your tickets now!