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Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Introduced in 1970, it highlights the political and interpersonal struggles of Judas Iscariot and Jesus. The action largely follows the canonical gospels’ accounts of the last weeks of Jesus’s life, beginning with Jesus and his followers arriving in Jerusalem and ending with the Crucifixion.
Twentieth-century attitudes and sensibilities, as well as contemporary slang, pervade the lyrics while ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout the political depiction of the events. Stage and film productions accordingly feature many intentional anachronisms. A large part of the plot focuses on the character of Judas, who is depicted as a conflicted, tragic figure, unsatisfied with what he views as Jesus’s lack of planning, and alarmed by his relatively recent claims of his divinity.
Jesus Christ Superstar also plays The Stage Theater in Merrick, NY, on August 5. For more information, click here.