'Jesus Christ, Superstar' Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Tim Rice
Fountain Hills Theater is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar.
A musical phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. See the spectacle for the first time or relive the glory of this rock classic. Featuring the hits "Hosanna", "I Don’t Know How to Love Him", and "Superstar".
Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a groundbreaking rock double-album, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber who, at the ages of 25 and 21 respectively, were just embarking on what would become extraordinarily long and successful careers. They originally conceived Jesus Christ Superstar as a theatre piece, but no one was interested in producing it on stage, so they ended up creating a concept album instead. Tim Rice was inspired by the Bob Dylan anthem 'With God on Our Side' which features Judas in its penultimate verse and is from his seminal 1964 album 'The Times They Are a-Changin'. As Rice says in his autobiography: "From a very young age I had wondered what I might have done in the situations in which Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot found themselves. How were they to know Jesus would be accorded divine status by millions and that they would as a result be condemned down the ages?"
The album's composition began with the seminal song 'Superstar', which Andrew had written the melody down on a napkin in a restaurant on the Fulham Road. In order to get the concept album off the ground, Decca first gave Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice money to make the single and begin the album. They wanted to release the single first, which caused uproar within the MCA board at the time. The single was recorded on 8-track at the renowned Olympic Studios in Barnes, London. Andrew and Tim were backed by MCA and spent a small fortune on the recording, including using a full orchestra and the backing vocals of the Trinidad Singers. The Grease Band, one of the best rhythm sections in the world at that time, were brought in as the foundation of the ensemble.
The musical opened on Broadway on 12 October 1971, and closed on 30 June 1973 after 711 performances.
Jesus Christ, Superstar will play Aug 31 –Sept. 16, 2018. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30PM and Sundays at 2PM. Individual tickets are $30.00 for Adults and $12.00 for Youth 17 and under. Seniors receive a $5.00 discount on all Thursday and Saturday performances. Group rates and student rush discounts are available. Veteran and Active Duty discounts. All performances are at Fountain Hills Theater on its Mainstage Too at 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd. (The Corner of Saguaro and Rand). Tickets are available through the Theater Box Office at (480) 837-9661 x3 or by visiting fhtaz.org. Box Office Hours are 12:00PM-5:00 PM Tuesday through Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturdays.