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Austin premieres 50th anniversary tour of legendary Jesus Christ Superstar

Austin premieres 50th anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
The national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar will start in Austin. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
It will celebrate the rock opera's 50th anniversary. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
The tour comes right after the Grammy-winning live TV special. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
The award-winning production got its start in London. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
The tour will play 70 markets across North America. Photo by Evan Zimmerman, MurphyMade
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour
Jesus Christ Superstar national tour

Hot on the heels of the Grammy-winning live TV special starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, a North American tour of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar has been announced — and it kicks off in Austin.

The 50th anniversary tour will play Bass Concert Hall October 8-13, 2019, before heading out to 70 other markets across the country. Those other cities, like casting for the rock opera, haven't been announced yet, but the producers did release a music video (below) to help stoke excitement.

"Theater fans across the world have been listening to Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic music for 50 years, and this spectacular new production is the perfect way to celebrate this milestone," says Lauren Reid, COO of The John Gore Organization, in a release. "Broadway Across America, along with our partners at Texas Performing Arts, are proud to launch this tour at Bass Concert Hall, giving Austin audiences the first chance to experience this classic music live on stage."

This touring production got its start in 2016 at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London, winning the Olivier Award for best musical revival and later transferring to Lyric Opera of Chicago and London's Barbican Theatre.

2019 marks 50 years since Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's concept album was released, detailing the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas and employing a rock opera score that includes such iconic songs as "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane," "What's the Buzz," "Everything's Alright," and "Superstar."

"Dropping the needle on that iconic brown album was a defining moment for me as a kid growing up in the '70s," says producer Stephen Gabriel. "This production of Superstar embodies all of the power and excitement captured in that music."

Helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie, the production's additional creative team includes set and costume design by 2016 Tony Award nominee Tom Scutt, lighting design by Lee Curran, and music supervision by Tom Deering.