Jesus Christ Superstar Tickets
Every once in a while, the opera loving community is treated to a production which not only polarizes but also entertains. Jesus Christ Superstar is one such production, which has received critical acclaim from fans and critics all over the world. The production is the epitome of what the new media is currently involved in today. The concept can be considered way ahead of its time with opinions still divided over its theme and message. Although considered to be controversial by a considerable faction of society, Jesus Christ Superstar has rekindled a centuries old debate. Originally Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brainchild, this production has been praised and reviled all at the same time.
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Jesus Christ Superstar plot deals with Jesus’ last days in the company of his disciples. It is a loosely based account of Judas Iscariot, where he explains his concerns and disagreements with Jesus. The opera is the representation of the author’s take on the whole event. The audience is given an opportunity to look at the event from a different perspective. Judas perception is at the crux of the plot where he conveys to the audience about his reservations and his concerns about his prophet’s direction. The plot gives a new viewpoint of the events leading up to the eventual crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Throughout the performance the audience is reminded frequently about the fact that the plot deals with Judas interpretation and should be taken as a form of entertainment.
It is opera productions like Jesus Christ Superstar that gave English composer Andrew Lloyd Webber his legendary status today. Never the one to shy away from controversy, Andrew Lloyd Webber first introduced the audience to Jesus Christ Superstar in 1969 in the form of a concept album. It took two years for the concept to become a reality when it was premiered on Broadway in 1971. Since its debut, the opera has been the subject of scrutiny with significant part of the population siding with the production. Tim Rice, his longtime collaborator provided lyrics and has publicly defended the subject of the production on a number of occasions. The show opened to positive reviews with the first run of the opera, directed by Tom O’Horgan, seeing more than seven hundred performances. The show premiered with Jeff Venholt as Jesus and Judas played by Ben Vereen.
In 1972, Ben Vereen won the Theatre World Award for best actor, while Andrew Lloyd Webber won the Drama Desk Award for the most promising composer. Although Jesus Christ Superstar was nominated for five Tony Awards in the same year, they failed to take any home. The performance also received a Tony nomination in the year 2000 for Best Revival of a Musical. Jesus Christ Superstar Tickets sales have played an important role in the production’s financial success and longevity on the theatrical scene. The show has seen curtain in one of the most prestigious theaters around the world. The opera has been adapted onto the silver screen with the first adaptation in 1973 nominated for Golden Globes and the second adaptation winning an Emmy in the year 2000. BBC Radio 2 broadcast the radio production in 1996 with Tony Hadley as Jesus and The Who’s Roger Daltery as Judas. Critics have praised the production with the Los Angeles Times commenting that even the staunchest Andrew Lloyd Webber critics will momentarily believe in this revival.
Since its premiere on Broadway, Jesus Christ Superstar tickets have always been popular among the opera loving community. It is due to these revivals the new generation can experience counterculture and free thinking spirit of the sixties and the seventies. Productions like Jesus Christ Superstar with its revolutionary reflection and genre challenged status quo and changed the way audiences experience theater forever. The performance offers an undiluted view of a perspective never heard before, which requires a certain amount belief and faith to convert even the most pessimist.
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