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Classic rock opera tells story of the last days of Jesus Christ
Staring in Playhouse Merceds production of Jesus Christ Superstar are: (left to right) GB Blackmon III as Judas, Josh Holsen as Jesus and Lexie Pivirotto-Britton as Mary. - photo by Photo Contributed

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” the rock opera that tells the story of the last days of Jesus Christ, begins a three-weekend run on the Playhouse Merced mainstage Friday.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is based loosely on the New Testament account of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ.  The story is told mainly from the perspective of Judas, the disciple who eventually betrays Jesus and turns him in to the Roman authorities.  
With music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was first produced in 1970 as a concept recording, then to full-scale Broadway production in 1971 where it was both controversial and popular.  It was made into a musical movie in 1973, where it received a wider audience.  On stage, it been produced consistently over the years and all over the world with a recent Broadway revival in 2002.  Songs include the pop hit “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and the title song “Jesus Christ Superstar.” 
Playhouse Merced’s production is directed by Rob Hypes, musically directed by Joel Scott Shade, choreographed by Anthony Hughes, and features Central Valley actors Josh Holsen as Jesus, GB Blackmon III as Judas, Lexie Pivirotto-Britton as Mary, and RC Essig as Pilate.  The show will feature a live orchestra and rock concert-like sound.

This show is rated for 13 years and above.


“Jesus Christ Superstar” opens Friday and plays three weekends through March 24. Showtimes are at 7:30 for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets are: Adults: $20; seniors: $19; students: $10; children: $8. Purchase tickets by calling 725-8587, or visiting the box office at 452 West Main in downtown Merced, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.