Harris Center for the Arts opened the curtain on the 50th anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar this week in Folsom. This classic stage performance will be performing five times through Saturday. 

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (“Crazy for You,” “Into the Woods”) and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie (“King Kong,” “Strictly Ballroom”), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.

Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historical 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

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With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

Jack Hopewell stars as Jesus, joined by Elvie Ellis as Judas and Faith Jones as Mary. The tour also welcomes Grant Hodges as Caiphas, Nicholas Hambruch as Pilate and Kodiak Thompson as Annas.

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Performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinée at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway on the Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom. For tickets and more information call the box office at (916) 608-6888 or visit HarrisCenter.net.