It started out as a concept album in 1970 and came to life on Broadway for the first time in 1971. Now, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Broadway in a revival at the Neil Simon Theater.
The show is under the direction of Des McAnuff, who helped make Jersey Boys a hit. The story is nearly 2,000 years old, but this version of the last days in the life of Jesus comes with actual nostalgia – for the pop-rock sound of the early ’70s.
Will fans of the original hit recording be pleased? And does this production’s modern-day setting bring theatergoers closer to the story? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood tells us “what’s the buzz” at Jesus Christ Superstar.