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Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on GREAT PERFORMANCES | Friday, December 6 at 8:30


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 Great Performances: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper and more star in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera

 

 

representation of king Herod and Jesus
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT — Pictured: John Legend, Alice Cooper and cast members — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Great Performances: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert showcases the iconic rock opera featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Great Performances presents the 2018 Emmy Award-winning production Friday, December 6 at 8:30 pm on WOUB.  EGOT winner John Legend leads the cast as Jesus Christ with Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod.

The musical recounts the biblical story of the final weeks of Jesus’ life, focusing on the relationship between Jesus and Judas (Brandon Victor Dixon). When Judas turns on his teacher, his fateful decision sets both men on a path to tragedy.  Also featured in the cast is Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Broadway’s Norm Lewis (“Once on This Island,” “The Phantom of the Opera”) as Caiaphas, Jin Ha as Annas, Jason Tam as Peter, and Erik Grönwall as Simon Zealotes.

Originally conceived as a 1970 concept album, “Jesus Christ Superstar” hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1971 and made its Broadway debut that year, earning five Tony nominations. Considered a classic, the musical became a staple of theater and music organizations throughout the world, including 2000 and 2012 Broadway productions that each earned a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical.

 

Cast member of Jesus Christ Superstar on stage
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT — Pictured: Norm Lewis as Caiaphas — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

Notable Talent:

  • John Legend – Musician and EGOT winner, earned an Emmy Award for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, multiple GRAMMY Awards, an Oscar for Best Original Song and a Tony Award for co-producing “Jitney.”
  • Sara Bareilles – EMMY Award nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Seven-time GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter, actor, composer and lyricist of Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Waitress.”
  • Alice Cooper – Three-time GRAMMY-nominated Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, known as “The Godfather of Shock Rock.”
  • Brandon Victor Dixon – EMMY Award nominee for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Tony-nominated actor for Broadway’s “Shuffle Along,” starred as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” and Berry Gordy in “Motown the Musical.”
  • Norm Lewis – Tony-nominated actor for Broadway’s “Porgy and Bess.” Recently appeared in the Broadway revival of “Once on This Island,” and was the first African American actor to play the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera.”
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber – Legendary composer and EGOT winner, earned an Emmy Award for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, three-time GRAMMY winner, including two awards for Best Cast Show Album (“Evita” and “Cats”), an Oscar for Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”) and seven-time Tony winner, including three awards for Best Original Musical Score (“Evita,” “Cats” andSunset Boulevard”), three for Best Musical (“Cats,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Sunset Boulevard”) and one special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
  • Tim Rice – Legendary lyricist and EGOT winner, earned an Emmy Award for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, three Tony Awards (two for “Evita” and one for “Aida”) three Oscars (“Evita,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin”) and five GRAMMY Awards.

 

musical representation of last supper
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT — “Promo Shoot” — Season: 2018 — Pictured: (l-r) John Legend as Jesus Christ, Jason Tam as Peter, Ensemble — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

Song List:

“Overture”

“Heaven on Their Minds”

“What’s the Buzz?”

“Strange Thing Mystifying”

“Everything’s Alright”

“This Jesus Must Die”

“Hosanna”

“Simon Zealots/Poor Jerusalem”

“Pilate’s Dream”

“The Temple”

“Everything’s Alright (Reprise)”

“I Don’t Know How to Love Him”

“Damned for All Time/Blood Money”

Judus from Jesus Christ superstar
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT — Pictured: Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas — (Photo by: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC)

“The Last Supper”

“Gethsemane”

“The Arrest”

“Peter’s Denial”

“Pilate and Christ/King Herod’s Song”

“Could We Star Again, Please?”

“Judas’s Death”

“Trial Before Pilate/39 Lashes”

“Superstar”

“Crucifixion”

“John 19:41”