Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Director: Norman Jewison Cast: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman

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Overview

The second Biblical epic to be turned into a musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice, this box-office disappointment recounts the last week in the life of Jesus Christ in rock-opera format and from the surprising point of view of Christ's betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Carl Anderson stars as Judas, who has begun to believe that Jesus (Ted Neeley) has sold out and started buying into the mythology that's quickly springing up around him. Particularly disturbing to Judas is the relationship between Jesus and his friend Mary Magdalene (Yvonne Elliman), a prostitute. When Jesus throws a temper tantrum at the moneylenders in a temple, Judas determines to work with the Pharisees who want to put Jesus on trial as a false prophet. Following his success with the adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof (1971), director Norman Jewison experimented with a hippie-influenced sensibility on Jesus Christ Superstar (1973). Among such touches are depictions of the cast arriving via bus to mount the show, modern high-tech weaponry in the hands of the ancient Romans, and on-location filming in Israel.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2013
UPC: 0025192176753
Original Release: 1973
Rating: G
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 25,957

Special Features

Feature Commentary with Director Norman Jewison and Actor Ted Neeley; Interview with Master Lyricist Tim Rice; Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ted Neeley Jesus Christ
Carl Anderson Judas Iscariot
Yvonne Elliman Mary Magdalene
Barry Dennen Pontius Pilate
Bob Bingham Caiaphas
Josh Mostel King Herod
Pi Douglas Apostles
Thommie Walsh Actor
Kurt Yahgjian Annas
Robert LuPone Apostle
Jonathan Wynne Apostle
Richard Molinare Apostle
Jeffrey Hyslop Apostle
Marcia McBroom Woman
Leeyan Granger Woman
Ron Hyatt Actor
Larry Marshall Simon Zealotes
Philip Toubus Peter
André Previn Conductor

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Melvyn Bragg Screenwriter
John Clark Art Director
Antony Gibbs Editor
Keith Grant Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Iscove Choreography
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Palmer Associate Producer
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Herbert Spencer Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Stigwood Producer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Score Composer

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