The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for 50 years. Countless amateur and professional groups alike have enabled this timeless work to touch new generations of audiences and performers. But one may be familiar with the album or the film, and (somehow) unaware that the show is produced live frequently every year. One may also be unaware of special JCS-related events featuring stars of the original stage or film casts.
Want to experience the magic of JCS for yourself in a real live theater (or cinema)? Well, look no further! Now, thanks to this page, you will be able to track down performances at a venue near you, with links to buy tickets and learn more about each production (or event) where available.
Support your local JCS, and keep the circle turning!
UPDATE (May 28, 2021): All event information at links and listed below is subject to change as the world continues to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We aim to keep the info as current as possible, but this is not going to be an exact science as reopening begins in various times and places. Bear with us!
Amateur / Regional Productions
At one point, all forthcoming productions of Jesus Christ Superstar at an amateur or semi-professional regional level were listed on the websites of various licensing affiliates. Due to recent (as of May 2021) developments, this is no longer the case universally. With that in mind, below, you’ll find the appropriate contact to license JCS in your area, as well as a link to a list of forthcoming amateur or regional productions (if available) on their site. You’re welcome to reach out to us through our Facebook page, and we’ll be happy to help promote your event to potential viewers in your region!
USA / Canada / Mexico / Puerto Rico
Concord Theatricals Corp.
250 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10107
UK / Ireland / Rest of World
Andrew Lloyd Webber Show Licensing
Really Useful Group
6 Catherine Street
London WC2B 5JY
+44 (0)20 3475 7923
Australia / New Zealand
ORiGiN™ Theatrical Pty. Ltd.
PO Box Q1235
QVB Post Office
Sydney NSW 1230
(+61 2) 8514 5204
Austria / Germany / Switzerland
Musik und Bühne Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
+49 611 360 383 00
Studiestræde 5, 1.
1455 Copenhagen K
+45 33 48 90 00
Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) Pty. Ltd.
PO Box 31627
+27 11 712 8330
This is by no means an exhaustive listing of all current professional (read: first class) productions of Jesus Christ Superstar. If we’ve missed something, you’re welcome to reach out to us through our Facebook page, and we’ll be happy to include it here!
This national tour of the U.S. and Canada is based on the recent successful Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production in the UK, which also appeared in the States at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in the spring of 2018. It launched in 2019 with the goal of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album’s release, but was halted due to the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020. As the website itself is listing no dates, with a note to contact local venues in its place, we’ve collected current data and share it here in the interest of information. At this point, all rescheduled and newly booked dates in the menu below remain tentative, and one should regularly check the websites linked within for updated details. We’ll try to do likewise to keep this page current.
September 28-October 3: Keller Auditorium, Portland, OR
October 5-10: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
October 13-November 7: Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, CA
November 9-14: Segerstorm Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA
November 23-28: Marcus Center, Milwaukee, WI
January 4-16: Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston, MA
January 18-23: Clowes Memorial Hall, Indianapolis, IN
January 25-30: Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
February 2-20: Connor Palace Theatre (Playhouse Square), Cleveland, OH
February 22-March 13: Opera House (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Washington, DC
March 15-20: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall (Edison State College), Fort Myers, FL
March 22-27: Belk Theater (Blumenthal Performing Arts Center), Charlotte, NC
March 29-April 3: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, MO
April 5-17: Music Hall at Fair Park (Dallas Summer Musicals), Dallas, TX
April 19-24: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
April 26-May 1: Peace Center, Greenville, SC
May 10-15: Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, UT
May 31-June 5: Ziff Ballet Opera House (The Adrienne Arsht Center), Miami, FL
June 7-12: Walt Disney Theater (Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts), Orlando, FL
June 14-19: Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC
June 28-July 3: Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
July 5-10: Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX
July 12-17: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX
July 19-31: Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago, IL
August 2-7: Mead Theater (Schuster Center for the Performing Arts), Dayton, OH
November 1-6: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
November 8-13: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
November 15-20: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
GOU Producciones presented a successful, award-winning production of Jesucristo Súper Estrella in Mexico City with an all-star cast in the summer of 2019, which subsequently toured to a number of Mexican venues. This tour planned to continue into 2020, but was halted due to the spread of COVID-19. At this point, all rescheduled and newly booked dates listed at the link above remain tentative, and one should regularly check the website for updated details.
Theatre Orb in Tokyo plans to present an English-language concert version of JCS with a cast featuring a number of notable Broadway and West End stars from July 15-27, 2021. At this point, all dates listed at the link above remain tentative, and one should regularly check the website for updated details.
This section was developed pretty much specifically for the event advertised above — namely, a screening tour of the 1973 film of JCS, which commenced with its 40th anniversary in 2013 and continued right into the teeth of the initial COVID-19 outbreak (the promoter joked that every time they played the last cities on their schedule at the time, the city shut down almost immediately following).
Each evening typically included a screening of a newly remastered digital print of JCS, a special appearance by original cast members, Q&A and/or a costume contest for fans with cosplay skills, a sing-along, and up-close-and-personal, meet-and-greet face-time with the cast. Additionally, special autograph signing appearances — not specifically tied to a screening — by the film’s cast began to occur alongside the screening tour when it started, and periodically returned during the course of the tour.
The screening tour, which is limited to the continental U.S. due to licensing issues, tentatively plans to resume in 2021, and all info will be updated at the link above as it becomes current. However, all ticket buyers should be aware that, until further notice, they will be required to produce proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (i.e., a vaccination card, etc.) to be admitted entry. As any longtime fan will tell you, the original cast — Ted Neeley in particular — are very hands-on, as in “hugs are usually a given”; we don’t want to risk our heroes’ health and safety over a movie we’ve seen countless times!