In the first rock ‘n’ roll performances of its illustrious production history, Lyric Opera of Chicago will present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar—the North American debut of Timothy Sheader’s explosive, high-energy, Olivier Award-winning production from London’s Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre.
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. 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."
An iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age, Jesus Christ Superstar was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice and tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an eclectic mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, the contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.
Jesus Christ Superstar runs at the Lyric Opera House (20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago) April 27-May 20, 2018. For more details, visit lyricopera.org.
London cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber's Jesus Christ Superstar.
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