March 06, 2019

Heavenly Reviews for Jesus Christ Superstar

The North American premiere of the Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar is rocking the opera house — but only through May 20! Audiences experienced the electrifying biblical tale up close and personal, and left the performance humming the songs we all know and love. Featuring powerhouse voices, incredible set design, and a whole lot of glitter, Jesus Christ Superstar is the show you won’t want to miss this spring. 

What’s the buzz? Check out what critics had to say:

Jesus Christ Superstar has arrived at Lyric. And it’s fabulous.” –Chicago Tribune

"This Superstar has a lush, glorious sound the likes of which you’ve never heard before." –Chicago Sun-Times

“This production should be placed on your MUST SEE LIST!” –Around the Town Chicago

“The main performers sell their songs with a passion and a commitment that had the audience whooping with approval throughout the evening, and rightly so.” –Chicagoland Theater Reviews

“Each creative aspect of theatre combines to make this production of Jesus Christ Superstar something incredibly special.” –Picture This Post

“Go for the spectacular production, the stunning singing, the ravishing dancing. Go because it’s arguably the finest work of the rock opera genre.” –Parterre

“This is most definitely not the grandparents’ version Jesus Christ Superstar, but rather, a lavish, loud and edgy edition.” –Chicago Concert Reviews 

“As Jesus, Heath Saunders has the luminous, otherworldly beneficence you’d expect from a messiah.” –Chicago Sun-Times

Ryan Shaw shined in this cast as Judas.” –Dean Richards, WGN

“This production is a lot more spectacular than the production you just saw on TV, and there are no commercials. And there is no Broadway tour coming through this Chicago that could vocally match the multitudinous harmonics you can hear here.” Chicago Tribune

“The intensity of the singing is remarkable.” Chicagoland Theater Reviews

Jo Lampert’s take on Mary Magdalene, she who wonders of love, is completely different from any you have seen before, and vocally spectacular to boot.” Chicago Tribune

“The ensemble is also made up of voices that shine and make the written words and music by Rice and Webber sound as good today as they did some 47 years ago.” Around the Town Chicago

“A mighty orchestra...surrounds the cast with sound that reaches the heavens.” Chicago Sun-Times

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, Andrew Cioffi