Declan Bennett as Jesus with the Apostles during a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Photo by Johan Persson.
Interested in seeing Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera of Chicago? The Motherhood’s Erin Olson recommends it — check out her review below. Click here for a calendar of performances, and keep reading to learn about a discount code you can use for 20% off the cost of tickets.
There is nothing quite like the experience of sitting in an ornate, historic theater as the lights go down and a live orchestra tunes up to signal the start of a performance. No matter how many times I see a show, that cacophony of sound in a darkening room always creates an indescribable sense of thrill and anticipation.
The latest performance to bring me to the edge of my seat was just a few days ago, when I had the chance to attend the dress rehearsal for Jesus Christ Superstar at Lyric Opera of Chicago (which hired us for a local influencer campaign), along with local blogger superstars Lisa of My Thoughts, Ideas and Ramblings, Michelle of Honest & Truly, and Teresa of Tiaras & Tantrums.
Jesus Christ Superstar shares the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, as seen from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, who famously betrays him. I knew only the basics going into the performance, and not being particularly well-versed in Bible teachings, I wasn’t sure what to expect. If you feel the same, not to worry! The show focuses on high-energy dance sequences and powerful music (written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice).
I’m not new to live theater in Chicago — I’ve been to plenty of big Broadway musicals here in the city (think Hamilton, Wicked, Jersey Boys), and this was like nothing I’ve ever seen; it was more like a rock concert than an opera or musical. With 80 artists on stage throughout the production, the cast is huge and diverse, and the production values are out of this world. To paint a quick picture by numbers: The orchestra includes 37 members, there are 101 lights illuminating the 37-foot cross, the cast cycles through more than 150 costumes during the two-hour production — including King Herod’s cape, which is 25 feet long — and 90 pounds of gold confetti are released at every show.
No corners are cut here. It is truly an impressive performance, and one that should not be missed.
The show is currently running through May 20, and there will be 25 total performances, one almost every day, so there’s an option for any schedule. I highly recommend taking a look at the calendar here. Tickets start at just $29, and Lisa, Michelle and Teresa are sharing special promo codes for 20% off ticket prices, so click through to their blogs (hyperlinked above) to get a great deal on an amazing, must-see experience.