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JC Superstar

Rock fans, come to Chicago’s Lyric Opera (huh?) to see “Jesus Christ Superstar (huh?)” April 27-May 20 and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

“I only want to know.” What is a rock opera doing on a grand opera stage? Three-time Olivier Award winner Timothy Sheader created an exciting new production for London’s Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre last summer that wowed critics and audiences alike, winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical.

“A gorgeous, thrilling, heavenly musical. Wit, lyricism, and satirical bite abound in this dramatic revival…. An unexpected and considerable pleasure that really rocks.” The Guardian “An almighty revelation” The Telegraph “Vivid and compelling.” The Evening Standard

The concept album by a pair of cheeky young Brits, librettist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, became a global hit, and in July 1971, 13,000 people packed Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena to see its first authorized concert staging. Months later it premiered on Broadway, and in 1973 was released as a major motion picture. Over the years it’s received countless productions (including one with Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jesus) and achieved classic status.

Timothy Sheader and his original creative team will re-envision and mount the grand-scale Lyric production, including Olivier Award-winning choreographer, Drew McOnie, Tony Award-nominated set & costume designer Tom Scutt, and Olivier Award-nominated lighting designer Lee Curran. The Chicago production will feature an all-star cast, along with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

The Lyric Opera is located at 20 North Wacker Drive in Chicago. For tickets and times, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Lyric Opera experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.