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Jesus Christ Superstar

  • 1973
  • G
  • 108min
  • 55%
  • 7.3 / 10

Jesus Christ Superstar is a whimsical musical retelling of the final days of the prophet Jesus Christ, loosely based on the Biblical passages telling of his betrayal by apostle Judas Iscariot, and death by the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. The production is nearly entirely musical in nature, with each song covering a particular moment in the tale, from Judas' scepticism of Jesus' nature as the Messiah, and concern over his fame among the people, to his deal with the Roman empire, leading the local priests and Pontius Pilate to Jesus, and condemning him to death on the cross. All of this is relatively faithful to the general story as depicted in scripture but written in a more upbeat and whimsical way to suit the rock opera genre.

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Jesus Christ Superstar stands as one of the best known and most performed among the many classic musicals written by the prolific composer-writer duo of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Along with musicals like Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and The Wizard of Oz, Jesus Christ Superstar is among Webber's most renown works, and the second production of his to be based on Biblical tales, following the 1968 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Webber and Rice have won many accolades over their years in the industry, and this particular television production of Jesus Christ Superstar won Rice and John Legend Emmies for their writing and performances.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert is a 2018 American television special performance of the renown 1970 rock opera musical Jesus Christ Superstar, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. This particular production of the musical was directed by David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski and stars John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, and Brandon Victor Dixon. Webber and Rice served as executive producers on the special, along with Legend, Rudzinski, and others. The special was performed at the Marcy Avenue Armory in New York City, with Marc Platt Productions, Sony Pictures Television, and Universal Television, handling production. The special aired on NBC on April 1, 2018.