TITLE: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
FORMAT: 20 x 12.5 inches
VENUE: PALACE THEATRE, Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
PRODUCTION CREDITS: Paul Nicholas, Stephen Tate, Dana Gillespie. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice.
NOTES: Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice's hit musical first opened on Broadway in September 1971 before it opened at the Palace Theatre in London in 1972, starring Paul Nicholas as Jesus, Stephen Tate as Judas and Dana Gillespie as Mary. The West End production was much more successful than the ORIGINAL Broadway production, running for eight years and becoming the UK’s longest-running musical at the time (it was later surpassed by other works but remains the fifth longest-running). This POSTER dates from the 4th year of the production (1976). The very rare poster for the opening was a psychedelic depiction of Jesus by the renowned artist David Bird but it was probably considered too hippyish and was soon replaced by this more stylised typographical artwork, which was little changed until the end of the run.
PROVENANCE: The Emile Littler/Patrick Selby collection.
CONDITION: Grade A-. Two folds and some creasing.