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Musical score - Jesus Christ Superstar
  • Jesus Christ Superstar
    Lloyd Webber, Andrew Baron, Sir, born 1948
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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, born 1948 (composer)
    Rice, Tim Sir, born 1944 (lyricist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.102-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1971 (written)

Artist/maker

Lloyd Webber, Andrew Baron, Sir, born 1948 (composer)
Rice, Tim Sir, born 1944 (lyricist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and pencil on paper

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 Note

The opera was first released as a recorded album in 1970, before being staged in 1971 on Broadway. This manuscript is from the UK staged version.

Attribution note: Printed manuscript featuring notes from musical director

Materials

Paper; Ink; Pencil

Subjects depicted

Christianity

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Christianity

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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