JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a rock opera with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, premiered on Broadway on 12 October 1971, and closed on June 30, 1973 after 711 performances. It opened in London’s West End in 1972, where it ran for eight years, becoming the U K’s longest-running musical at the time.
J.C.S. is a two-act musical, which gave opera a radical change through its use of vibrant rock music for a solemn topic. Webber and Rice created a new kind of Jesus, a prophet / rock star whose appeal derives both from the crowd’s energy and from his inspirational message of love and acceptance
The musical is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for his arrival in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, struggles that are not in the Bible, which depict Judas as a tragic figure