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Jesus Christ Superstar (Musical)

  • Schwab Auditorium Penn State University University Park, PA (map)

FUSE Productions presents Jesus Christ Superstar, a rock opera about the final days leading up to the Crucifixion of Christ, as seen through the eyes of of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot. The legendary score includes “I Don't Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane,” “Heaven on their Minds,” and “Superstar.” With lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the talents of Fuse Productions, you won't want to miss this one!

Note: A-D service provided at the Saturday, June 22, matinee performance only. Tickets are available through FUSE ( or phone (814)-380-8672; ask for reduced "student" price). Please reserve the A-D service through the SLSG office (814-238-0132 or by June 15 (note shortened reservation time due to late press time!) and be seated by 1:45 pm.

Parking: The FUSE website recommends “parking downtown in one of the garages. From there it’s a short walk, using the footpath directly across from the Corner Room. People can be dropped off near the auditorium on Pollack and the cars parked at the Hub parking deck.”

From Jeffrey Kare’s article ”How It All Began, the Story of Jesus Christ Superstar” - Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a groundbreaking rock double-album, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber who, at the ages of 25 and 21 respectively, were just embarking on what would become extraordinarily long and successful careers. They originally conceived Jesus Christ Superstar as a theatre piece, but no one was interested in producing it on stage, so they ended up creating a concept album instead. Tim Rice was inspired by the Bob Dylan anthem 'With God On Our Side' which features Judas in its penultimate verse and is from his seminal 1964 album 'The Times They Are a-Changin'. As Rice says in his autobiography: "From a very young age I had wondered what I might have done in the situations in which Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot found themselves. How were they to know Jesus would be accorded divine status by millions and that they would as a result be condemned down the ages?"