Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Review

I’ve never seen Jesus Christ Superstar or Godspell on stage, and while I appreciate the desire to spread the word of God via mass media (especially if it involves singing), I’ve just never been able to get into these overwrought productions (see also Hair), especially if they were made in the 1970s.

WhileSuperstar is a period piece set during the last weeks of Jesus’s life, it also contains strange anachronisms like guns and cars — designed to tell us, presumably, that Jesus’s works are still relevant today. But it also misses the point on a lot of those lessons — why, during his rampage against the money changers, is he destroying the stands of people selling glassware and vegetables? Thou shalt not eat greens? Hmmm.

Overall: Some good songs, some interesting choreography, and some utterly forgotten actors.