Jesus Christ Superstar

Musical - Original

Mark Hellinger Theatre

Data not verified
  • First Preview: September 29, 1971
  • Opening Date: October 12, 1971
  • Closing Date: June 30, 1973
  • Previews: 13
  • Performances: 711

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics: Tim Rice


The final days of Jesus Christ leading up to his crucifixion are seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas, in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera.


Opening Night Cast

Yvonne Elliman Mary Magdalene
Jeff Fenholt Jesus of Nazareth
Ben Vereen in Jesus Christ Superstar Ben Vereen Judas Iscariot
Paul Ainsley King Herod
Bob Bingham Caiaphas
Barry Dennen Pontius Pilate
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Opening Night Production Credits

Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber Music
Tim Rice Tim Rice Lyrics
  Tom O'Horgan Director
Robin Wagner Robin Wagner Scenic Design
  Randy Barcelo Costume Design
  Jules Fisher Lighting Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1972 Most Promising Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Winner

Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1972 Theatre World Award Ben Vereen Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1972 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Randy Barcelo Nominee
1972 Featured Actor in a Musical Ben Vereen Nominee
1972 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Jules Fisher Nominee
1972 Original Score Andrew Lloyd Webber
Tim Rice
1972 Scenic Design (Play or Musical) Robin Wagner Nominee
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