When we think of the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ musical, the main song immediately comes to mind taking over the majority of the brain. Well, Edinburgh is now able to sing it out loud, as the production set off on a UK tour kicking off at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on September 11, 2023.
The Olivier Award-winning reimagined production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is gracing Edinburgh between February 6 and 10 playing at Edinburgh Playhouse.
Ian McIntosh, who starred in We Will Rock You, Follies, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and was Olivier nominated for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Musical’ will play Jesus, while Shem Omari James who was in the Dreamgirls UK Tour will star as Judas and Hannah Richardson famous for her role at Sting’s The Last Ship plays Mary. The full cast has not been announced just yet, and further details will be out in due course.
The musical features the iconic music that won Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The production was first reimagined by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and is directed by Timothy Sheader and choreographed by Drew McOnie. Completing the creative team is design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, sound design by Nick Lidster and music supervision by Tom Deering.
Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of the final weeks of the life of Jesus Christ and the set of events that have occurred, seen through the eyes of Judas. Enhanced by the rock anthems that defined a generation, the sensational score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.
Jesus Christ Superstar has become an international phenomenon with its iconic 70s rock score and was originally released as a concept album that debuted on Broadway in 1971. By the time the original London production finished after eight years of running with 3,358 performances, it had claimed the title of the longest-running musical in West End history at that time.
Tickets can be found on the musical’s website.
February 6 – 10, 2024, Edinburgh Playhouse
July 29 – August 4, 2024, The King’s Theatre, Glasgow