‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ was back in Broadway in 2012. It’s one of the last revivals of the show in the world. It was at the Neil Simon Theatre only for a few months, but it was nominated for the Tony Awards. This production combined lot of multimedia, so it was quite visual.
In 2012 and 2013, in Australia and United Kingdom, a spectacular production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ was on tour too. This version was like a kind of rock concert, set in the 21st century. It was recorded and published on DVD. It had lots of effects and celebrities playing the main roles, like ex-Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene. This made one of the most important and popular productions of the show.
The musical is on tour through UK right now. A new production with Glenn Carter (who played Jesus on the 2000’s movie) playing the same role again, Tim Rogers as Judas and Rachel Adedeji as Mary Magdalene. The tour is running until November, without stopping in London for now.
So all these productions make me think that ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is a show that stills very alive. It keeps changing, getting transformed and renewed for the new generations, without losing the essence and the power of the original idea by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.