Special to The Hays Daily News

"Jesus Christ Superstar," the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by legendary writing team Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is coming to Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Hays at 7:30 p.m. April 20 for one performance only.

The first collaboration between Webber and Rice to be performed on the professional stage, "Jesus Christ Superstar" is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theatre.

Featuring such notable songs as "Superstar," "Everything's Alright" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Jesus Christ Superstar" earned five Tony nominations.

Set in two acts, "Jesus Christ Superstar" tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

"Superstar" dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion.

Perpetually changing the face of musical theater, "Jesus Christ Superstar" will leave audiences captivated by its power.

As relevant and timeless as ever, "Jesus Christ Superstar" the rock opera vision of "the greatest story ever told," is perhaps more potent in today's troubled world than when it was first produced.

Now, for the new millennium, this magnificent story comes once again vividly to the stage with Ted Neeley re-creating his unforgettable performance.

Internationally beloved star Neeley, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as Jesus in the Norman Jewison film of "Superstar," will be headlining this tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar."

While Neely has enjoyed a distinguished career in resident theaters throughout America, appearing in a wide variety of productions from "Hair" to the works of Samuel Beckett, he is world renowned for the title role in "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Creating a fan base that borders on a cult-like phenomenon, this production heralds the long awaited triumphant return of Neeley in the title role of "Jesus Christ Superstar." This will be Neeley's last tour.

Encore Series season ticket holders will have first opportunity to purchase tickets to this special event before they are made available to non-subscribers.

Tickets for this performance are available at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union, (785) 628-5306. Ticket prices for reserved seats will be: general public, $35, seniors and under 18, $33, and FHSU students, $31. Unreserved tickets will be $31, $29 and $27 respectively.

For more information see www.fhsu.edu/perf_arts.