Luther the Rock Opera began in 2003 as a graphic novel written by Dr. Rich Melheim and illustrated by Jonathan Koelsch and Sherwin Schwartzrock in support of the guerrilla marketing efforts for the Luther feature film.
As the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approached, Melheim invited his friends Michael Bridges and George Baum from the award-winning band Lost And Found to partner in turning the graphic novel into a musical stage play.
Lutheran World Relief came on board as a partner to raise awareness and funds for three international projects in conjunction with the play.
The show debuted at the Stadthaus Theater in Wittenberg, Germany in June 2017, and now is ready for churches, colleges and theatrical troupes to bring it to life. There are two versions of the play:
CONCERT VERSION: A simple 1-hour musical with 24 songs for 3+ singers to perform with a band or with the instrumental versions by Michael and George.
THEATRICAL VERSION: A full 2:30 hour version for dozens of singers and actors with 46 songs, full stanging, costuming and props.
Both versions come with 300+ graphic images by Koelsch and Schwartzrock to create the feel like the audience is stepping into a Marvel Comic.