Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The story is loosely based on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus's life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. A large part of the plot focuses on the character of Judas Iscariot, who is depicted as a tragic figure dissatisfied with the direction in which Jesus steers his disciples. Contemporary attitudes and sensibilities, as well as slang, pervade the lyrics, and ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout the depiction of political events.
“As with all Uncle Randy shows, the greatest strength of the production is its energetic ensemble pieces where the young singers and dancers really cut loose”— Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Plays, on URP's 2004 production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
URP has been producing musicals since 1995. Tens of thousands of people have been entertained by their excellent productions.