Do not miss the gut-wrenching story we all are so familiar with and the tragic figure that is Judas. Follow the last of Jesus’ days as told through Judas’ point of view as he narrates the final days of the man he once considered his savior.
A modern rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar depicts what many thought was the beginning of the end of Jesus Christ, triggered by his follower Judas. Worried about Jesus’s rise to power and his increasing number of followers, Judas is concerned Jesus might pose a threat to powerful entities and is also jealous of his relationship with Mary Magdalene. He is not alone in his worry.
Caiaphas, the high priest, is advising other Roman priests and governors that Jesus is a problem to the Roman Empire and must be dealt with. As Jesus Christ and his disciples arrive in Jerusalem, they find the city has become a place of sinners. At the Last Supper, Jesus declares he knows one of his devotees will betray him, and as we all know, Judas gives Jesus up to the high priest Caiaphas and his army. Judas regrets his decision to turn on Jesus after witnessing how poorly and disgracefully the Roman thugs were treating him.
“This is a story for all times, if not for all tastes.” – The New York Times
“The scene for an impressive production, with the contemporary setting of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock musical about the last seven days of the title character showing the timelessness of its story about people suffering when their words and actions challenge tyrannical regimes.” – The Herald
“It’s a bold, brash show that boasts all the look-no-hands youthful glee that marks Lloyd Webber’s early and best efforts.” – The Guardian
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Andrew Lloyd Webber is an English composer of musical theater. He has composed 13 musicals and has won seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards and many more. Several of his songs have been recorded by various artists all over the world including “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar and “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” from Evita, amongst many others. In addition, Lloyd Webber is also currently the president of the Arts Educational Schools London, a performing arts school located in West London.
ABOUT THE LYRICIST
Tim Rice is an English lyricist and author. He has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award and Grammy Award. He is famous for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber with whom he wrote, amongst many other musicals, Jesus Christ Superstar. He is also known for his work for Walt Disney Studios in Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. Rice was recognized and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his many accomplishments in the Music and Art industry on a global level, which he is very deserving of as his Hollywood Walk of Fame star suggests.
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