PGRA's production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Jesus Christ Superstar was released as a double album in 1970 with music by the legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Grammy, Tony, Academy, and Emmy award-winner Tim Rice. Originally recorded as a concept album, it tells the story of the last week of Jesus’s life from his entrance into Jerusalem to his crucifixion.
The original album featured Ian Gillan (vocalist Deep Purple) as Jesus, Murray Head (“One Night in Bangkok”) as Judas, and Yvonne Elliman (“If I Can’t Have You”) as Mary Magdalene. It set the stage for the highly acclaimed Tony Award-nominated Broadway production, a feature film, countless national and international stage performances, while remaining iconic in its original form. Webber staged a critically successful live television production of the album last April, starring John Legend.
"The piece was written as a rock album from the outset and set out from the start to tell the story through the music itself."
-Andrew Lloyd Webber
"I love having female students sing the main roles of Jesus and Judas. Girls bring a different passion and fire to the parts. And boy do we have some young ladies with pipes in this show."
"I have directed this show a half dozen times, with some pretty heavy rock and roll hitters, but this particular cast is AMAZING."
"JCS is one of my favorite pieces of music to teach. It is one-stop shopping for so many important musical ideas...scales, odd time signatures, different genres of rock. Most importantly there is a real passion that these songs and this show bring out in the students."