Jesus Christ Superstar

Upcoming Dates

April 27. 2018 - May 20. 2018

Lyric Premiere & North American Premiere of the Olivier Award-Winning Production Jesus Christ Superstar


One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock musical that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster 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 exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. A must-see Broadway hit of the new season!

  • Location: Lyric Opera House

The story

Jesus has developed a passionately devoted following in Nazareth. This has caused Judas, one of his apostles, to fear a violent crackdown by the oppressive Roman regime. The high priests, Caiaphas and Annas, feel strongly that something must be done about this man whom the people now refer to as their king. When Judas learns of the priests’ determination to bring Jesus down, the apostle is faced with a terrible choice.

Program book

Go inside this production of Jesus Christ Superstar with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete list of musical numbers, artist bios, and more.

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Meet the artists

* Lyric Opera debut

Lyric premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar generously made possible by

Lead sponsor

The Negaunee Foundation


Anonymous Donor

Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes

Major in-kind audio support provided by

Lyric Opera of Chicago wishes to thank the Broadway at Lyric preferred housing provider, Corporate Suites Network.



Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber     Lyrics by Tim Rice
In Association with The Really Useful Group Limited
Production by The Regent's Park Theatre London

Photo: Todd Rosenberg