History Music / JesusChristSuperstar

24th Feb '17 9:35:19 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* WhatIsEvil: As in the Bible, Pilate's response to Jesus bringing up the concept of truth is, "What is truth?" He goes on to suggest that truth is subjective. (How confident he is in making that suggestion depends on the production.)
23rd Feb '17 7:11:18 PM DustSnitch
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** In the 1973 film, when Jesus and the twelve apostles sit down for "The Last Supper," they all freeze for a moment in the exact poses depicted in Creator/LeonardoDaVinci's famous painting of the same name. Movie fans have used this scene to identify exactly which actors are playing which apostles, since not all of them are identified by name in the film.

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** In the 1973 film, when Jesus and the twelve apostles sit down for "The Last Supper," they all freeze for a moment in the exact poses depicted in Creator/LeonardoDaVinci's [[Art/TheLastSupper famous painting of the same name.name]]. Movie fans have used this scene to identify exactly which actors are playing which apostles, since not all of them are identified by name in the film.
15th Feb '17 7:10:13 PM Mdumas43073
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A RockOpera and (subverted?) PassionPlay by Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Creator/TimRice. Originally released as a ConceptAlbum in 1970, it made its way to the Broadway and London stage in 1971 and was filmed as a major movie in 1973. An updated version was recorded sometime around 2000 by Webber's Really Useful Group for PBS, and the show lives on in stage production and tours to this day. InspiredBy [[Literature/TheFourGospels four evangelical books]] of Literature/TheBible (specifically the arrival in Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion of Jesus), it chronicles the last seven days of Jesus' life, focusing mainly on the characters of Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene. It's regarded among Andrew Lloyd Webber's best works. It's a pseudo-sequel to ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'', though this took a bit more liberty with the source material.

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A RockOpera and (subverted?) PassionPlay by Creator/AndrewLloydWebber and Creator/TimRice. Originally released as a ConceptAlbum in 1970, it made its way to the Broadway and London stage in 1971 1971, and was filmed as adapted into a major movie film directed by Norman Jewison in 1973. An updated version was recorded sometime around 2000 by Webber's Really Useful Group for PBS, Creator/{{PBS}}, and the show lives on in stage production and tours to this day. InspiredBy [[Literature/TheFourGospels four evangelical books]] of Literature/TheBible (specifically the arrival in Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion of Jesus), it chronicles the last seven days of Jesus' life, focusing mainly on the characters of Jesus, Judas and Mary Magdalene. It's regarded among Andrew Lloyd Webber's best works. It's a pseudo-sequel to ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'', though this took a bit more liberty with the source material.
27th Jan '17 9:12:40 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** In the original West End production, Richard O'Brien played Herod as an Elvis impersonator. It did not go down well, and he left after one night in the role.

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** In the original West End production, Richard O'Brien played Herod as an Elvis impersonator.ElvisImpersonator. It did not go down well, and he left after one night in the role.
9th Jan '17 10:52:04 AM qpa
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* DarkerAndEdgier: In 1998, Webber said that he wanted to give a new design for the musical, saying that the funky disco and sequined leisure suits were fresh for its time, but he wanted to make it into something the younger people could relate to. When making the 2000 version he wanted it to be grittier and darker than the earlier versions.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: In 1998, Compared to Webber & Rice's earlier ''Joseph'' as well as the [[DuelingWorks dueling musical]] ''Theatre/{{Godspell}}.''
** The 2000 version compared to the original incarnations.
Webber said that he wanted to give a new design for the musical, saying that the funky disco and sequined leisure suits were fresh for its time, but he wanted to make it into something the younger people could relate to. When making the 2000 version he wanted it to be grittier and darker than the earlier versions.to.
22nd Aug '16 9:52:05 PM Trippetta
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* LittleNo: Pilate's wife shakes her head when Pilate orders Jesus flogged to appease the mob in the 1973 film.
8th Aug '16 11:07:44 AM NotThisThing
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** The 2012 Broadway revival has Mary react this way to [[spoilers: witnessing Judas' suicide]].

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** The 2012 Broadway revival has Mary react this way to [[spoilers: witnessing [[spoiler:witnessing Judas' suicide]].
22nd Jul '16 6:00:31 PM freesefan
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* RepeatCut: The 1973 film includes several repeated zooms to Judas sitting on a hilltop, before he launches into the first song of the movie.



* RewatchBonus: Pay close attention to the beginning and end of the Norman Jewison film; Ted Neeley (Jesus) is never seen getting off the bus with the rest of the cast - he's rather "conjured up" by them in the middle of a circle - and he is never seen boarding the bus at the end.
** This is not strictly true. While we don't see Ted Neeley (Jesus) get off the bus itself, you can see him walk past in street clothes right after they remove the cross from the top of the bus.
19th Jun '16 1:51:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: In the 1973 film, when Jesus and the twelve apostles sit down for "The Last Supper," they all freeze for a moment in the exact poses depicted in LeonardoDaVinci's famous painting of the same name. Movie fans have used this scene to identify exactly which actors are playing which apostles, since not all of them are identified by name in the film.
** The Moscow stage production directly quotes Jesus' and Pilates' dialogue from TheMasterAndMargarita.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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In the 1973 film, when Jesus and the twelve apostles sit down for "The Last Supper," they all freeze for a moment in the exact poses depicted in LeonardoDaVinci's Creator/LeonardoDaVinci's famous painting of the same name. Movie fans have used this scene to identify exactly which actors are playing which apostles, since not all of them are identified by name in the film.
** The Moscow stage production directly quotes Jesus' and Pilates' dialogue from TheMasterAndMargarita.Literature/TheMasterAndMargarita.
18th Jun '16 3:51:20 AM CamrocG
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** The 2012 Broadway revival has Mary react this way to [[spoilers: witnessing Judas' suicide]].


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* CrowdSong: "Hosanna" and "Simon Zealotes".


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** "Pilate and Christ" is this to "Hosanna". The latter is a CrowdSong sung by Jesus' adoring followers, while part of the reprise is sung by these same followers ''after'' they've turned against him.
** The song that closes the musical, "John Nineteen: Forty-One", is an instrumental version of "Gethsemane" that plays after Jesus has died on the cross.
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