Production Design For Jesus Christ Superstar Live

A hit with critics and audiences alike, NBC's live broadcast of the Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber 70s rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, proved that these kinds of productions can be visually engaging and entertaining. With John Legend in the title role, the show attracted 9.4 million viewers, and was directed by David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski. The design team includes production designer Jason Ardizzone-West, costume designer Paul Tazewell, and lighting designer Al Gurdon.

"Jesus Christ Superstar is more rock-opera than musical theater, with it’s sung-through rock score and no book scenes," says production designer Jason Ardizzone-West. "The design challenge was to create a world that was part concert design, part opera design, part architectural, part cinema. David Leveaux (the director) and I worked closely in the early phase of design with the thought of creating a space that was a hybrid between rock concert and passion-play."

Click through the slideshow to read more about the production design. Read about the lighting design and check out the light plots here!

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