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USD Theatre Presents Classic Rock Musical "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Jesus Christ Superstar Photo "Jesus Christ Superstar" is a fast-paced rock musical brought to life by 30 undergraduate singers and actors.

VERMILLION, S.D. –  “Jesus Christ Superstar” is the next production of the University of South Dakota Department of Theatre, presented Nov. 18-20 and Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The show, inspired by the Gospels, explores the relationships of Jesus of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene and Judas Iscariot in the final days of Jesus’ life on earth. The Tony-Award-nominated score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice features such memorable songs as “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.”

The show is fast-paced, moving from one scene to the next with nonstop energy and momentum, brought to life by a cast of 30 undergraduate singer/actors. This rock musical has been a favorite of audiences for 45 years, with numerous Broadway productions, cast recordings, a film version, and revivals around the world.

“In a world full of cultural and political doubt that has been driven by a decisive and unmotivated election year, where we see the masses following a person instead of an idea, the relevance of Superstar becomes astounding, and Jesus’ message of action over intention becomes even more significant,” said Director Ryan Fortney.

Tickets for "Jesus Christ Superstar" are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 for USD students with ID. Tickets can be purchased from noon-5 p.m. by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or on the USD Theatre website.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.