The Arvada Center opens Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Rod A. Lansberry, on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. Filled with iconic music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, the musical is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life. Adapted from a rock opera concept album, Jesus Christ Superstar was nominated for 5 Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 1971.

Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. through April 16. Preview performances are March 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. Audience engagement events, including happy hours with the cast, are held through the run of the production. To purchase tickets go to or call 720-898-7200. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd and provides free parking for its patrons.

Sensational or sacrilegious, and definitely controversial, the first rock opera created at the end of the turbulent '60s, centers on a social and political rebel. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity and explosive theatricality taking audiences on an intimate journey filled with rapture, agony, and betrayal. Propelled by an iconic award-winning score, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

The cast features Billy Lewis, Jr. in the lead role of Jesus of Nazareth. He was last seen as Mason McCarthy on the FOX television show Glee, as well as Claude in the national tour of Hair. Additionally, the cast features Matt LaFontaine (Judas Iscariot), Jenna Bainbridge (Mary Magdalene), Stephen Day (Caiaphas), Joe Callahan (Annas), Markus Warren (Pontius Pilate) and Wayne Kennedy (King Herod).

The ensemble includes Adam Estes, Aaron M. Davidson, Michael Bouchard, Jeremy Rill, Reace Daniel, James Francis, Barret Harper, Tyler Nielson, Damon Guerrasio, Drew Horwitz, Brett Ambler, Rob Janzen, Norrell Moore, Satya Chavez, Sheryl McCallum, Rae Leigh Case, Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Sarah Rex and Piper Arpan.

Lyrics are by Tim Rice, and music is by Andrew Lloyd Webber. In addition to director Rod A. Lansberry, the creative team includes David Nehls (musical director), Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck (choreographer), Brian Mallgrave (scenic design), Clare Henkel (costume design), Diana Ben-Kiki (wig and makeup design), Shannon McKinney (light design) and David Thomas (sound design).

Jesus Christ Superstar

Performance Schedule

March 24 – April 16, 2017

Tues – Sat 7:30 p.m.

Wed matinee, 1:00 p.m.

Sat & Sun matinee, 2:00 p.m.

Preview Performances

March 21 – 23, 7:30 p.m.

Talk Backs

Tuesday, March 28, Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 15 after the evening performances.

Happy Hours with the Cast

Stay after the performance for a social hour with the cast!

Friday, March 31 after the 7:30 p.m. performance, Sunday, April 9 after the 2 p.m. performance and Wednesday, April 12 after the 1 p.m. performance.