New York, Mark Hellinger Theatre, 21 October 1971: 23-year old Andrew Lloyd Webber became world famous overnight as the composer of the rock musical "Jesus Christ Superstar". The Broadway production was performed 720 times, hits such as "Superstar" and "I Don't Know How To Love Him" have generations of audiences jumping out of their seats. When, in the summer of 2018, stars such as Tobias Bieri (Jesus), Julia Gámez Martín (Maria Magdalena) and Timothy Roller (Judas), together with director Sebastian Ritschel and the musical director Damian Omansen, perform "Jesus Christ Superstar“ on stage at the DomplatzOpenAir in Magdeburg, it can only mean one thing: It's high time to quickly secure some good seats for this successful musical from 15 June to 8. July.
Together with his congenial lyricist Tim Rice, Lloyd Webber created a rock musical about the last days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth – a "contemporary passion play which could enrage the deeply devout, but should enchant and maybe inspire youthful agnostics", as TIME Magazine wrote in 1970 (the record came out a year before the Broadway premier). In fact, "Jesus Christ Super Star" provoked conservative Christian circles: In South Africa, the music was first banned, and in the authoritarian ruled Belarus, the work was put on the index for the second time in 2012. Everywhere else in the world, the rock musical is celebrated and its hits were even included on the play list of the Pope's house radio station, Radio Vatican.
from the perspective of Judas
Webber and Rice describe the events from the perspective of Judas, who, although admiring his teacher, perceives the fanatical worship by his followers as fatal. Also, Jesus' relationship to the former prostitute Maria Magdalena irritates him. Betrayal, arrest and the suicide of Judas follow, who has recognised that he was led by God to make Jesus a martyr. The "Superstar's" earthly life ends on the cross.
More than rock
Musically, Andrew Lloyd Webber goes far beyond the style of rock music in this composed work: He helps himself to soul, composes folk songs and combines the score with recurring musical motifs.
new production by the Theater Magdeburg
In the new production by the Theater Magdeburg, soloists, dancers, choir singers and the Magdeburgische Philharmonie present the story about the last days of Jesus live – and „Jesus Christ Superstar“ will guaranteed not only „inspire youthful agnostics“, TIME magazine was a little cautious there, but it will captivate thousands of musical visitors in front of the magnificent backdrop of the world famous Magdeburg Cathedral.
Premier on Friday, 15 June 2018, 9 pm,
Other performances: Sa. 16. 6. / Su. 17. 6. / We. 20. 6. / Th. 21. 6. / Fr. 22. 6. / Sa. 23. 6. / Su. 24. 6. /We. 27. 6. / Th. 28. 6. / Fr. 29. 6. / Sa. 30. 6. / Su. 1. 7. / We. 4. 7. / Th. 5. 7. / Fr. 6. 7. / Sa. 7. 7. / Su. 8. 7. 2018, always at 9 pm,
Premier tickets: between € 56 and € 40 / reduced between € 47 and € 32
Friday & Saturday tickets: between € 53 and € 36 / reduced between € 45 and € 30
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday tickets: between € 46 and € 30 / reduced between € 40 and € 25
Booking and purchase at the box office: +49 (0) 391 – 40 490 490 or online: www.theater-magdeburg.deBox office
Mo. - Sa. 10 am - 7.30 pm | on all performance days until 6.30 pm
Tel: +49 (0) 391) 40 490 490