The 1970 Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar is coming to the St. Clair College Centre for the Arts beginning May 5, 2017. The local production is being staged by Windsor Light Music Theatre.
It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ’60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.
A film adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar was released in 1973 and was the eighth highest-grossing film of that year.
Windsor Light Music Theatre (formerly named The Windsor Light Opera Association) was founded by Dr. John H. L. Watson in 1948 with the goal of presenting musical theatre to the Windsor-Essex County area. The company started producing two major musical productions per year and has continued to do so to the present day.
In the early years the company presented what was at the time referred to as operettas, “light operas”, which was reflected in the name Windsor Light Opera.
Jesus Christ Superstar takes place at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on May 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14 with evening shows at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Ticket prices are youth (12 and under) $16, student (13 – 18) $31, adult (19 – 59) $36 and senior (60+) $31. www.windsorlight.com