May 31, 2023

“Jesus Christ Superstar” Celebrates 50th Anniversary

THE LIFE OF JESUS: The famous musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” comes to the State Theatre June 9-11. (Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade)

State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick presents the reimagined 50th Anniversary tour of Jesus Christ Superstar for four performances on Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. This production is a fast paced 90-minutes without intermission. Tickets range from $29-$79. 

Featuring lyrics and music by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the North American tour of this iconic musical is directed by Timothy Sheader with choreography by Drew McOnie.

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. 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. The score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane,” and “Superstar.”

Jesus Christ Superstar is a proven musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. As demonstrated by NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, this work attracted over 9.6 million viewers, earned the highest ratings in its time period, and received the highest critical ranking of any live musical event on network TV.

The State Theatre is at 15 Livingston Avenue. Visit for tickets.