Jesus Christ Superstar Coming to Sydney

Tickets are now on pre-sale, with general public sales starting Friday, for the highly anticipated run of the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, set to open at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in November. This reimagined production has garnered acclaim and sold-out performances in London and across North America, promising to captivate Australian audiences.

Produced by John Frost and David Ian for Crossroads Live, in association with Work Light Productions, this rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar is the brainchild of director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie. Originating at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the production has been praised for its innovative and bold approach. The creative team includes designer Tom Scutt, lighting designer Lee Curran, sound designer Nick Lidster, and music supervisor Tom Deering.

John Frost expressed his excitement about the production’s Australian arrival, noting the country’s longstanding affection for the musical. “Australia has deep affection for this show, from the original concept album which was played in every household, to the original production starring Trevor White and Jon English, through to the sold-out arena performances starring John Farnham as Jesus,” Frost said. “Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has created a fresh and bold new version of a beloved classic which will enthral both longtime fans of the show and delight those seeing it for the very first time.”

The show’s return to the Capitol Theatre is particularly significant, as the venue hosted the original Australian production in 1972. The musical’s rich history includes a debut as a concept album in the 1970s, a Broadway opening in 1971, and numerous revivals and adaptations worldwide. The 1972 Australian production alone played over 700 performances, cementing its place in the country’s cultural landscape.

Critics have lauded the reimagined production, with The Guardian calling it “A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical,” and The Daily Telegraph heralding it as “An almighty revelation.” The legendary score, featuring iconic songs like “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane,” and “Superstar,” continues to resonate with audiences.

This production’s accolades include the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the 2016 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. Following its success in London, the production enjoyed a West End engagement at the Barbican in 2019 and a concert version at Regent’s Park in 2020.

With its powerful storytelling and rock roots, Jesus Christ Superstar offers a compelling portrayal of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Judas. Sydney audiences can look forward to a dynamic and moving theatrical experience this November at the Capitol Theatre.

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