Great Performances: Season 29, Episode 11

Jesus Christ Superstar (11 Apr. 2001)

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A rock musical version of the Passion Play seen from the point of view of Judas.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Carter ...
Jérôme Pradon ...
Judas Iscariot (as Jerome Pradon)
Renée Castle ...
Fred Johanson ...
Frederick B. Owens ...
Michael Shaeffer ...
Pete Gallagher ...
First Priest (as Peter Gallagher)
Michael McCarthy ...
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Philip Cox ...
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Apostle / Ensemble (as Matthew Cross)
Kevin Curtin ...
Paul Vickers ...


The Passion of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. This popular rock musical is based on the 1996 London/2000 Broadway revivals of the show, directed by Gale Edwards. Re-orchestrated and set to modern times, it is not the Superstar of the 70's but rather one for the 21st Century. Written by Anonymous

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Awful, already dated and ludicrous
21 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Others have explained already why this was such a travesty. I'll just pile on that, to say that this remake is really a catastrophe.

The actors can't act, or rather, overact all the time, and what they do completely contradicts what they say. Judas is supposed to be, according to the lyrics, a fundamentally good man who finds himself misunderstanding Jesus and tries to stop him before the latter compromises their lives. In this production, Judas is just this meanie-meanie-pooh with a leather jacket who whine all the time and is violent with women.

Jesus is this ridiculous guy with only two facial expressions who faints every two seconds and seems to not know what he's doing for the greater part of the movie.

I'm not even talking about the ridiculous set and costumes which makes the "film" look like a bad late 90s MTV music video - a mix between S Club 7 and The Matrix. It's already dated, unlike the 73 version which for all its bell-bottomry is timeless.

You've seen the 73 version? Don't bother with this one - find some vids on youtube for a good laugh and that's it. Never seen any version yet? RUN!!!! RUN and get the 73 version - a real film, with a real story, real actors and real singers.

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