Jesus Christ Super Star Film Cover .Ted Neeley the actor who plays Jesus Christ (1973).

Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice. First staged on Broadway in 1971, it highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. The opera is based very loosely on the Gospels' account of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem, and ending with the Crucifixion. The resurrection is not included.


This rock opera was Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's biggest hit that they have collaborated on. Even though it was such a big hit, there were many controversies and critics complaining about the opera. For example, the way the charcters dressed was one of the things that were talked about. Jesus was seen dressed in a plain white top and cargo pants with combat wear and his apostles were seen with assault weapons and not knives. In the bible Jesus is known to wear robes and sandals and he did not carry any weapons, but in the opera Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice had a different idea. Also the opera ended with Jesus being crucified on the cross and not showing him being resurrected. This caused some heat as well because that was the most vital fact about Jesus' last days.
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Picture of Jesus wearing a plain white top and a soldier in combat gear with an assualt weapon.

Picture of Jesus Christ crucified on the cross.

Although many people argue over whether they would consider this musical to be a rock musical because it has such a pop sound to it. There is no discounting the quality of time and workmanship used to create this musical. Instead of focusing on external images many think we should be focused on the internal battle. Although the resurrection should have been included because it is an important part of the circumstances that was occurring at the time and a big portion of someone's faith.

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Though clearly a product of its time, the depiction of the tension between Judas and Jesus was enlightening. The deeply expressed emotions of Judas as he tries to understand why Jesus is not following the expected political agenda is almost heartrending. Carl Anderson carried the role beautifully, his voice unforgettable when he mourns the direction Jesus has chosen.

Jesus Christ Superstar  1973 Movie
Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 Movie

Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 Movie

The Jesus Christ Superstar was written by
Andrew Lloyd Webber and the lyrics written
by Tim Reid, is about the last week of Jesus
life. Many critics believe that it was to transform
many people to become Jesus fanatics. Others
argue that it should have contained the resurrection of
Christ also. Whether a person believes or choose not
to believe that Christ actually lived and walked the earth,
we can all agree that this was a great musical and a star
cast. One of the defining things in the musical was Jesus'
depiction as more of a humanistic person, rather than the
flawless, holy view that is usually forwarded in the churches.
This musical was very controversial at the time, but received
favorable reviews from many critics. It was a revolutionary
viewpoint that had not been seen outside of academia and
for it's time was on the fringe of christian culture. Jesus
Christ Superstar brought Jesus the man to the masses.