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Arvada Center spring musical is an iconic rock opera!


Jesus and his apostles are in the building until Easter – and the music they’re singing comes straight from the 1970’s! Jesus Christ Superstar opens Friday, March 24 and runs until April 16! Watch a sneak peek in the video below. Tickets are on sale now!

Sensational or sacrilegious – and definitely controversial – Jesus Christ Superstar centers on the character of Jesus Christ as a social and political rebel. 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.


All photos: M. Gale Photography 2017

Attend Talk Backs with the director, designers and members of the cast after three performances: Tuesday, March 28, Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 15 after the evening performances.

And stay after select performances for social Happy Hours with the cast! The bar will be open and snacks will be provided. Happy Hours will be held  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.


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, Reace Daniel, James Francis, Barret Harper, Tyler Nielson, Damon Guerrasio, Drew Horwitz, Brett Ambler, Rob Janzen, Jeremy Rill, Norrell Moore, Satya Chavez, Sheryl McCallum, Rae Leigh Case, Kitty Skillman Hilsabeck, Sarah Rex and Piper Arpan.