It’s hard to believe that “Jesus Christ Superstar” has been around for 50 years.

But the 50th anniversary tour of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical is coming to Omaha’s Orpheum Theater on Tuesday for a weeklong run.

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The sung-through musical caused a stir among religious groups when it premiered, in part because it didn’t portray the resurrection. Some also disputed its portrayal of Christ and said the character of Judas was too sympathetic.

Director Timothy Sheader and choreographer Drew McOnie say the current production is reimagined from the original. It opened in 2017 at Regent Park Open Air Theatre in London and won the Olivier Award for best musical revival the same year.

The legendary score remains the same, with popular songs such as “Superstar” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.”

A review from the New York Times was glowing: “Until now, I have never come across an approach to this piece that taps into its latent power. … As reinvigorated by the director Timothy Sheader, ‘Superstar’ delivers a genuinely primal jolt.”

Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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