Though no relation to NBC’s highly-rated Easter special, Jesus Christ Superstar is heading to North American theaters next year. The touring production hails from London, where it won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
Directed by Timothy Sheader and with choreography by Drew McOnie, the North American production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical was announced today by Stephen Gabriel, president of Work Light Productions. The tour is set for Fall 2019.
Casting and dates have not been announced. Plans are for the production to hit more than 50 North American markets.
“Superstar speaks to both theater audiences and concert music fans,” said Gabriel. “This production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.”
Staged at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, the production sold out two consecutive engagements in 2016 and 2017.
The New York Times said of the production, “Mr. Sheader, whose Into the Woods in the same space (later restaged for Shakespeare in the Park in New York) was overstuffed with gimmickry, here takes an au naturel approach, and it works beautifully.”
Additional creative team includes set and costume design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.
NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert drew 9.6 million total viewers in primetime on Easter Sunday.