Five fun trivia questions to learn the answers to before checking out Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is taking it’s 50th anniversary trip around the country spreading the story and songs that audiences have enjoyed on the stage and on the screen in several revivals. Before it stops here in Orlando at the Dr Phillips Performing Arts Center on June 7-12, 2022 I thought you might be interested in a bit of trivia to get you excited about the show, before you go!
Lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber were in their 20’s when they wrote Jesus Christ Superstar. What other shows did they write together?
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Cricket, The Likes of Us, and additional songs for the 2011 West End production of The Wizard of Oz.
The show made its Broadway debut in 1971, but that isn’t where the show began. How was the world introduced to Jesus Christ Superstar?
In 1970 it was released as a concept album, from which the show was developed, after it topped Billboard’s pop album chart in 1971. Not bad for a show no producer wanted to put on stage.
What Bob Dylan lyric inspired the musical’s depiction of Judas?
In the 1964 song “With God on Our Side” Bob Dylan sang the lyrics “Did Judas Iscariot have God at his side?” inspiring the perspective the show takes.
“Superstar” is sung by which character?
The song “Superstar” is the song that gives the musical its name, but it isn’t Jesus that sings it, it is Judas.
This touring production is the 50th anniversary tour. How long ago was the last tour of Jesus Christ Superstar?
The new touring production comes almost 10 years after the last major Jesus Christ Superstar tour in the U.S, and seven years after the last Broadway revival.
And now for the real question… Will we see you back in the theater for Jesus Christ Superstar? Tickets are limited, but still available and you can find more information here.
About the show:
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.
Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.