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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ sweeps through San Diego this week

James Delisco Beeks and the company of the North American Tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Photo by Matthew Murphy..jpg
James Delisco Beeks in the touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
(Matthew Murphy)

British staging of much-revived Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will get a short run at the Civic Theatre downtown

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock-opera spectacle about the last days in Christ’s life has been revived three times on Broadway since its 1971 premiere. But unlike most touring shows that hit town, this latest “Jesus Christ Superstar” is not a Broadway spinoff.

Instead, it was launched in London and now has hit the road to celebrate the original concept album’s 50th anniversary next year. The tour brings it to the San Diego Civic Theatre for a six-day run beginning Tuesday.

Aaron LaVigne, whose credits include Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” stars as Jesus, opposite James Delisco Beeks (of Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” “Ragtime” and others) as Judas.

Timothy Sheader directs the production, which won Britain’s Olivier Award as best musical revival in 2017.

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(Check out our background story and review of the last Broadway revival, which came through La Jolla Playhouse in 2011 before heading to New York.)

“Jesus Christ Superstar”

When: Opens Tuesday (Nov. 12). 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov 17.

Where: Broadway/San Diego at the Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., downtown.

Tickets: About $26-$85 for non-resale tickets, subject to change and availability.

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Phone: (619/858/760) 570-1100.

Online: broadwaysd.com


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