The show opened October 12, 1971, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar opened October 12, 1971, on Broadway. The show, based on the platinum-selling album, played at the Mark Hellinger Theatre for a very successful run of over 700 performances. Stars for the original Broadway production included Ben Vereen, Jeff Fenholt, and Yvonne Elliman. The show was recently brought to the small screen in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which took home a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).
Flip through photos of the original production below:
Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway
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