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Jesus Christ Superstar

La Jolla Playhouse
presents the
Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of

Jesus Christ Superstar

November 18 - December 31

Weiss Theatre

Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Des McAnuff

This ground-breaking rock opera, which reinvented musical theatre for the modern age, 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.

This production is made possible with the generous support of Becky Moores

Lead Sponsor:

Procopio

Co-Sponsor:

Northern Trust

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Run Time:
2 hours with one 20 minute intermission

Performance Times:
Tues-Wed: 7:30pm
Thurs-Fri: 8:00pm
Sat: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm & 7:00pm




 
Des McAnuff

Des McAnuff

Director Emeritus

Served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director from 1983-1994, and from 2001-April, 2007. Under his leadership, the Playhouse garnered more than 300 awards, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Playhouse to Broadway credits: Jersey Boys (four Tony Awards); Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (Tony Award); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (five Tony nominations); director and co-author with Pete Townshend on The Who’s Tommy (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Director) and Big River (seven Tony Awards), among others. Mr. McAnuff currently serves as Artistic Director at Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

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  • Paul Nolan (center) as “Jesus Christ” and the cast of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
  • Josh Young as “Judas Iscariot” and the cast of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
  • Chilina Kennedy as “Mary Magdalene” and Paul Nolan as “Jesus” in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
  • Paul Nolan (front), with Chilina Kennedy and Josh Young in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
  • Bruce Dow (center) as “King Herod” with the cast of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
  • Chilina Kennedy as “Mary Magdalene” in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
  • Josh Young as “Judas Iscariot” (front) and Paul Nolan as “Jesus Christ” in the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, directed by Des McAnuff; photo by David Hou.
“Tightly focused and beautifully measured, this “Jesus Christ Superstar” gives everyone a reason to artistically rejoice this holiday season.”
“McAnuff shrewdly marshals his theatrical resources…to bring us deeper inside the human predicament of a story that’s been dubbed the greatest ever told.”

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“Dazzling…stunning”
“Playhouse's electric 'Superstar' is clear, focused, well-sung”
“Young's got it all -undeniable charisma, a rich, ripping baritone voice, nuanced acting and great looks.”

- North County Times Read More

“Radiant and retro”
“Electric…”
“McAnuff … probably could make a phone book rock”

- San Diego Union TribuneRead More

“A masterful version of a masterpiece”
“Any doubts that JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a genuine modern musical masterpiece should be banished forever by the splendid production in residence at the La Jolla Playhouse”

- SanDiego.com Read More

“Voices were incredible—rich, warm, and superstrong”
“WOW. Go see it”

- San Diego MagazineRead More

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