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!
NOTE: 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. Please bear with us!
Below, you’ll find the appropriate contact to license Jesus Christ Superstar in your part of the world. If your licensing affiliate does not include a list of forthcoming amateur or regional productions 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), regional, or amateur productions of Jesus Christ Superstar. (Especially true in the case of the last type; at one point, all forthcoming amateur productions were listed on the websites of various licensing affiliates, but as of May 2021, this is no longer the case.) 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 and help promote your event to potential viewers in your region!
National Tour (U.S. / Canada)
In summer 2016, a revival of Jesus Christ Superstar was mounted in the UK by the outdoor Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, under the direction of Timothy Sheader. It won the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and an Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. The production returned to Regent’s Park as part of the 2017 season, played an indoor summer run at London’s Barbican Centre in 2019, and was performed again outdoors at Regent’s, socially distanced, from late summer to early fall 2020. It also appeared in the U.S., first in a limited run at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in spring 2018 and then as a national tour in fall 2019 intending to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original JCS album’s release. In March 2020, the production temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 but resumed performances in September 2021 and played successfully around the U.S. and Canada until it closed in early August 2022.
A non-Equity production will begin touring in fall 2022 with a different cast and “new” (though we assume similar, from the branding and marketing) staging. Though tour dates are posted on the website, linked above, we’ve collected current data — not all of which has been available from the tour site itself, in our experience — and share it here in the interest of information. At this point, all 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, including removing dates as an individual city finishes its run.
October 8: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Columbus, GA
October 11: Berglund Center, Roanoke, VA
October 13-16: Stranahan Theater, Toledo, OH
October 18-23: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI
October 24-25: Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (University of Northern Iowa), Cedar Falls, IA
October 28-30: Morrison Center, Boise, ID
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
November 29-December 4: Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
December 6-18: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati, OH
December 26-31: Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
January 3-4: Amarillo Civic Center, Amarillo, TX
January 6-7: Plaza Theatre (El Paso Live), El Paso, TX
January 8: Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, Midland, TX
January 10-15: Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA
January 17-22: Hobby Center, Houston, TX
January 24-29: Chapman Music Hall (Tulsa Performing Arts Center), Tulsa, OK
January 31-February 5: ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ
February 7-12: SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center, Sacramento, CA
February 14-19: OKC Civic Center Music Hall, Oklahoma City, OK
February 21-26: Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
March 7-8: Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia, SC
March 9: Columbia County Performing Arts Center, Evans, GA
March 10-12: North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
March 14-19: Hayes Hall (Artis—Naples), Naples, FL
March 21-26: Moran Theater (Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts), Jacksonville, FL
March 27: Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach, FL
March 30-April 2: Lexington Opera House, Lexington, KY
April 4: Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge, LA
April 5-6: Saenger Theatre, Pensacola, FL
April 7-8: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Chattanooga, TN
April 10-11: E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall (University of Akron), Akron, OH
April 12: Appell Center for the Performing Arts, York, PA
April 14: Elliott Hall of Music (Purdue University), West Lafayette, IN
April 15: Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN
April 16: RiverPark Center, Owensboro, KY
April 18-19: Wilson Center (Cape Fear Community College), Wilmington, NC
April 21-23: Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT
April 27-30: Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Worcester, MA
May 2-7: Merriam Theatre (Kimmel Cultural Campus), Philadelphia, PA
May 9-21: Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
May 30-June 4: Chrysler Hall (SevenVenues), Norfolk, VA
June 6-7: Stanley Theatre, Utica, NY
June 9-11: State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
June 13-18: Cobb Great Hall (Wharton Center for Performing Arts), East Lansing, MI
June 20-25: Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Amateur / Regional Productions
Below, in chronological order by opening date, are listings for various smaller scale productions (schools, universities, church groups, community theaters, and other regional venues). Click the name of each producer to access ticket info. At this point, all dates remain tentative, and one should regularly check the websites linked within for updated details.
Blue Stage Entertainment Company and S&Co., by arrangement with RUG, are presenting a 50th-anniversary production of JCS which is currently scheduled to open on November 10, 2022, and run until January 15, 2023, at the BBCH Hall (Kwanglim Arts Center) in Seoul. Per a recent casting announcement on the ALW Show Licensing Instagram account, K-pop star Eun Kwang Seo (BTOB) will alternate with three other performers in the role of Judas, popular singer-songwriter J-Min will be one of three Magdalenes, and frequent JCS veteran (on Broadway, regionally, and overseas) Michael K. Lee will return to the title role, shared with crossover tenor, TV performer, and musical theater star Im Tae-kyung.
Otherwise, not much further info is currently available (the logo suggests, for example, that it may be based on the Regent’s Park production; however, the website and marketing are, as of August 2022, so bare-bones that even this is unclear), but one should regularly check the website linked above for updated details.
Theatre Lüneburg will be presenting Jesus Christ Superstar at the venue and dates listed in the caption. Click the logo placeholder above to be directed to ticket info. At this point, all dates remain tentative, and one should regularly check the website for updated details.
Mittelsächsische Theater und Philharmonie gGmbH (Theater Freiberg), Nikolaikirche Freiberg
April 10-23, 2023
Theater Freiberg will be presenting Jesus Christ Superstar at the venue and dates listed in the caption. Click the logo placeholder above to be directed to ticket info. At this point, all dates remain tentative, and one should regularly check the website for updated details.
In 2013, promoter Frank Munoz turned to Ted Neeley and said, “Hey, what are you and Barry Dennen doing for the 40th anniversary of Jesus Christ Superstar‘s film release?” Informed there were no plans, he suggested a screening at the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. If people showed up, awesome; if not, they’d have a few laughs watching the movie themselves as Ted and Baz recounted memories from the set. Boy, were they not prepared for what was in store! One screening at the Chinese mushroomed into two, and then many more across the country.
Each evening typically includes a screening of a newly remastered digital print of JCS, a special appearance by original cast members (more of whom popped out of the woodwork as the tour continued), 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. This tour has seen appearances from not only Ted Neeley and the late Barry Dennen, but also Kurt Yaghjian, Yvonne Elliman, Josh Mostel, Larry Marshall, and even the elusive Bob Bingham. Perhaps their crowning achievement in 2015 was a reunion of the film’s stars and Oscar-winning director Norman Jewison at the Beekman Theatre in NYC, documented in the film SuperstarS. Not even a pandemic slowed them down; Frank has joked that every time they played the last dates on their schedule at the time of the initial COVID-19 outbreak, the city shut down almost immediately following.
After a single screening in Boston in fall 2021 and a successful return engagement of live performances of JCS in Italy in 2022, Ted Neeley (and friends, when available) returns to the continental U.S. (licensing issues currently prevent screenings elsewhere) with the ongoing celebration of this beloved film. All the most up-to-date info can be found at the link above, but we will include dates and ticket info here as well! (See below.)
A personal request from JCS Zone: as any longtime fan will tell you, the original cast — and Ted in particular — is very hands-on with fans, 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. Vaccinated or unvaccinated, in this time of ongoing health emergencies, please be mindful of this, follow all protocols requested by Team Neeley or the venue(s), and do the smart thing — stay home and catch them next time — if you test positive. Thank you!
In addition to the screening tour, special autograph signing appearances by the film’s cast have been known to occur periodically at events such as The Hollywood Show, The Chiller Theatre Expo, and more. If bookings like this should appear, this is where you’ll find info!
Theater Trifft Kino
Since its 2012/13 season, Theater Lüneburg has partnered with the multi-award-winning Scala Programmkino, also in Lüneburg, on a series called “Theater Trifft Kino” (theater meets cinema), in which they screen a film version of one of the shows being presented that season to examine the different ways in which the forms of live theater and cinema explore the same piece of material. A tie-in screening of the 1973 film of JCS, hosted by the theater’s chief dramaturge at the date and time in the caption, the first of this series after a two-year pandemic pause, promises to be a delightful experience!
Click the link above to be directed to ticket info. At this point, all dates remain tentative, and one should regularly check the website for updated details.
NOTE: This is not to be confused with the screening tour featuring Ted Neeley listed above. Those events are currently restricted to the continental U.S. due to licensing issues. This is purely a screening of the film designed to promote the Theater Lüneburg production occurring around the same time.