“The incredible rock music and contemporary text allows modern-day audiences to see themselves in this story, encouraging each one of us to ask larger questions of faith, leadership and belief…all while humming along to some of the greatest songs ever written.”
Why is Jesus Christ Superstar set in modern times?
Unlike the original Broadway and London shows or the 1973 film based on them, the local production is set in the present day. “It’s more a commentary on kind of the way the world is now,” Shaffer said. The question the play asks in this context is, “Would the same thing happen to Jesus in modern times?” he said.
What is the style of Jesus Christ Superstar?
Although designated as a “rock opera,” Jesus Christ Superstar was eclectic in its varying styles. Interspersed with outright late 60s- early 70s-style rock numbers were more conventional musical theatre fare.
What’s it all about Jesus Christ Superstar?
Jesus Christ Superstar Story
Borrowing from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the musical tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus Christ’s life. As the show opens, apostle Judas Iscariot is growing concerned that Jesus’ followers will be perceived as a threat to the occupying Roman Empire.
Is Jesus Christ Superstar a mockery?
The rock opera is one of the most frequently staged productions in history, but when it debuted on Broadway in 1973, many Christians, Jews – and even the composer – hated it. Opening night “was probably the worst night of my life. It was a vulgar travesty,” Andrew Lloyd Webber said later. It didn’t start out that way.