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CTE's Jesus Christ Superstar a Rocking, Rousing Production

Jesus Christ Superstar, the record-setting rock opera written and scored by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, was first staged on Broadway in 1971. Now Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble resurrects this classic, charismatic tale of the last days of Christ, in a full-scale musical production.

Jesus Christ Superstar will be performed May 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30 p.m., and May 12 and 19 at 2:00 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. There will be reserved seating for all ticket groups. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $7 for CWU students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at 509-963-1429, or in person at the Welcome Center on University Way or the Wildcat Shop Customer Service desk in the Student Union Recreation Center.

Based on history and the Gospels, this 2013 telling of the masterpiece depicts the last week in the life of Jesus Christ, including the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the clearing of the Temple, the trial before Pilate, and the crucifixion. 

The passionate depiction of characters, crisis, struggle, and tragedy through the medium of rock music has stunned and inspired audiences for decades. Jesus Christ Superstar is directed by Keith Edie, CWU senior lecturer, theatre arts-performance, with David Brown, as musical director, and Terri Brown, professor, musical theatre studies, as vocal coach.

Orchestra students from the CWU Music Department will be working with the Central Theatre Ensemble on the production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The production is recommended for audiences 16 years and older.

Parking at CWU is free after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and residence hall lots.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,

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