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Jesus Christ Superstar

  • Object:

    Musical score

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (written)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lloyd Webber, Andrew Baron, Sir (composer)
    Rice, Tim Sir (lyricist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.102-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    Jesus Christ Superstar chronicles the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his disciple, Judas Iscariot, who has become disillusioned. The combination of rock music with the religious subject matter was inflammatory. The show appeared to some to question Jesus's credentials as the Son of God, but it is made quite clear that it is Judas who is having the doubts, and that they are what drive him to betray his master.

    Lloyd Webber has always experimented with blending styles and genres. This show is a 'rock opera' - in other words, the music is in the style of rock but the show is sung-through (there is no dialogue between songs) in the manner of opera.

    This score is marked up for performance, with notes from the Musical Director on alterations made during rehearsals.

  • Physical description

    Full orchestral score for 'Jesus Christ Superstar', Palace Theatre, 9 August 1972, in brown card wrapper, printed from the original manuscript score.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 46.5 cm, Width: 35 cm, Depth: 5 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Full orchestral score for Jesus Christ Superstar, Palace Theatre, 9 August 1972, in brown card wrapper, printed from the original manuscript score.

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Unique

  • Collection code

    Theatre and Performance Collection