Superstar first came to life as a 1970 double LP, which is credited as the birth of the musical theatre concept recording. The show opened at Broadway's Mark Hellinger Theatre in October 1971. Director Tom O'Horgan's cast featured Jeff Fenholt as Jesus, Ben Vereen as Judas and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene.
It received Broadway revivals in 1977 (starring William Daniel Grey and Patrick Jude) and 2000 (with Glenn Carter and Tony Vincent).
Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson starred in the 1973 film adaptation, which was directed by Norman Jewison and shot on location in Israel.
Superstar has been staged all around the world regularly over the last 40 years.
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