Forty years ago Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar opened at the Palace Theatre in London in 1972, starring Paul Nicholas as Jesus – unique photographs were taken by Lebrecht photographer John Haynes. The musical attempts to give a modern retelling of the story of Jesus while making Judas Iscariot a tragic figure as opposed to the normal villain of the piece.
It ran for eight years and was a major box office success. If you missed it then there is a chance to see a new version – an arena tour which starts on 21 September.
Jesus Christ Superstar poster
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Jesus Christ Superstar
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Paul Nicholas as Jesus performing in Jesus Christ Superstar
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Obituary photo for Marvin Hamlisch, American composer. He composed the score for the 1975 Broadway musical ‘A Chorus Line’ for which he won both a Tony award and a Pulitzer Prize.
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Matilda the Musical won a record seven Olivier awards at the ceremony in London, UK. The Royal Shakespeare Company production was based on Roald Dahl’s novel for children written in 1988. The musical was nominated in ten categories. These included best new musical best actress in a musical (all four Matildas), best actor in a musical went to Bertie Carvel for his portrayal of Agatha Trunchball, a former hammer throw champion and headteacher of Crunchem Hall, best sound design to Simon Baker, and best director to Matthew Warchus.
The best actor award went jointly to National Theatre production of Frankenstein with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. They alternated as the scientist and the monster.
All photographs by Tristram Kenton
Robert Sherman with Fred Astaire and Richard Sherman; Astaire has just presented Best Song Oscars to the Sherman Brothers for 'Chim Chim Cher-ee from musical film 'Mary Poppins', 5 April, 1965
Search online at www.lebrecht.co.uk for this image of the Sherman brothers, well as productions of Mary Poppins.