To avoid any unnecessary confusion/lawsuits, it is worth stating that this book is in no way officially connected to, or with, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, The Really Useful Group Ltd., Two Knights Rights Ltd., Universal/MCA Music Publishing Ltd., Universal-On Backstreet Music, Inc., or any other copyright holders or licensors of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, nor is it my intent to infringe on their copyright. This is merely an artistic and educational exercise, a devoted fan’s well-meant attempt to provide context and food for thought to those interested in staging or further exploring the show.

In the pages that follow, I will occasionally indulge in commentary and speculation about, for example, the intended purpose of an early lyric or offer what I consider to be helpful advice in a potentially sticky situation during production; these moments will typically appear under the header “My Two Cents.” Though I contend it is well-reasoned speculation, it is still purely speculation and opinion; it should not be taken as gospel (pardon the pun), unlike the actual authors’ words about their work.


Jesus Christ Superstar 
Music and lyrics
© 1970, 1971, 1996 Universal/MCA Music Publishing Ltd. and The Really Useful Group Ltd.

“Then We Are Decided”
Music and lyrics
© 1973, 2001 Universal/MCA Music Publishing Ltd. and Universal-On Backstreet Music, Inc.

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Quotations from the books Oh, What A Circus: The Autobiography (1944-1978) by Tim Rice (© 1999 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.) and Unmasked: A Memoir by Andrew Lloyd Webber (© 2018 HarperCollins) are considered to be Fair Use. Under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for the “fair use” of material that might otherwise be infringing for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education, and research. No ownership of any of this content is implied by its usage.