Jesus Christ Superstar’ to open on Broadway after La Jolla Playhouse run during the holidays

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival announced on Oct. 4 that its production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will move on to Broadway following its Playhouse run Nov. 18–Dec. 31 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. The musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and directed by La Jolla Playhouse Director Emeritus and Stratford Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Des McAnuff, will open at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre on Thursday, March 22, 2012, with previews beginning March 1.

Dodger Properties and the Really Useful Group will present the show.

“It’s an enormous thrill to welcome Des back home with his new vision of this classic rock musical,” said Christopher Ashley, Playhouse Artistic Director. “The Playhouse is delighted to give our audiences the opportunity to see this acclaimed production before it moves to Broadway, once again demonstrating that the Playhouse is the place to look for what’s next in American theater.”

This groundbreaking rock opera, tells the story of the last week of Christ’s life. The zeal with which Christ’s followers are hailing him as the Son of God becomes a source of dismay to his disciple Judas Iscariot. Fearing that this tide of religious fervor will provoke brutal repression by the occupying Romans, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal.

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