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"Great Performances" Jesus Christ Superstar (2000)

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Writer:
Tim Rice (book)
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Original Air Date:
16 October 2000 (Season 29, Episode 11)
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Plot:
A rock musical version of the Passion Play seen from the point of view of Judas. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Glenn Carter ... Jesus of Nazareth
Jérôme Pradon ... Judas Iscariot (as Jerome Pradon)

Renée Castle ... Mary Magdalene
Fred Johanson ... Pontius Pilate

Rik Mayall ... King Herod
Frederick B. Owens ... Caiaphas
Michael Shaeffer ... Annas

Tony Vincent ... Simon Zealotes

Cavin Cornwall ... Peter
Pete Gallagher ... First Priest (as Peter Gallagher)
Michael McCarthy ... Second Priest
Philip Cox ... Third Priest

Matt Cross ... Apostle / Ensemble (as Matthew Cross)
Kevin Curtin ... Apostle / Ensemble
Paul Vickers ... Apostle / Ensemble
Mykal Rand ... Apostle / Ensemble
Paul Keating ... Apostle / Ensemble
Gerard Bentall ... Apostle / Ensemble
Simon Ward Nicholson ... Apostle / Ensemble
Robert Vicencio ... Apostle / Ensemble
Grant Anthony ... Apostle / Ensemble
Claire Coates ... Soul / Herod Girl 1
Nikki Belsher ... Soul / Herod Girl 2
Rebecca Parker ... Soul / Herod Girl 3
Colin Lainchbury-Brown ... Guard / Ensemble (as Colin Lainchbury Brown)
Michael Small ... Guard / Ensemble
Gary Bryden ... Guard / Ensemble
Mark Heenehan ... Guard / Ensemble
Quinn Williams ... Guard / Ensemble
Kevin Wainwright ... Guard / Ensemble
Mark Adams ... Guard / Ensemble
Nick Holmes ... Ensemble
Shaun Henson ... Ensemble
Mark Carroll ... Ensemble
Perry Douglin ... Ensemble
Stuart De La Mere ... Ensemble (as Stuart de la Mere)

Billy Carter ... Ensemble

Golda Rosheuvel ... Maid By Fire / Ensemble
Irene Alano ... Ensemble
Andrea Francis ... Ensemble

Lourdes Faberes ... Ensemble (as Lordes Faberes)
Asy'a O'Flaherty ... Ensemble
Peter Challis ... Herod Boy
Matthew Hudson ... Herod Boy
Fergus Logan ... Herod Boy
Sebastien Torkia ... Herod Boy
Darren Charles ... Herod Boy
Ben Clare ... Herod Boy
Brian Webster ... Herod Boy
Carl Parris ... Herod Boy
Richard Roe ... Herod Boy
David Wilder ... Herod Boy
Jacob Dunn ... Ensemble kid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Suzann McLean ... Ensemble
Fay Morgan ... Girl kissed by Jesus

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gale Edwards 
Nick Morris 
 
Writing credits
Tim Rice (book)

Produced by
Austin Shaw .... executive producer
Dusty Symonds .... line producer
Kevin Wallace .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Nicholas D. Knowland  (as Nic Knowland)
 
Film Editing by
Nick Morris 
 
Casting by
David Grindrod 
 
Production Design by
Peter J. Davison 
 
Art Direction by
Ivan Unwin 
 
Costume Design by
Roger Kirk 
 
Makeup Department
Karen Dawson .... makeup designer
Catherine Heys .... makeup artist
Nikita Rae .... hair stylist
Nikita Rae .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Elizabeth Flowers .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sallie Anne Hard .... second assistant director (as Sally Hard)
Simon Moseley .... first assistant director
Alex Oakley .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Justin Chappell .... welder fabricator
 
Sound Department
Richard Fordham .... assistant sound editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Alex Joseph .... assistant foley editor
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Ricky Butt .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David J. Brown .... special effects technician
Tom Harris .... special effects supervisor
Nicky O'Sullivan .... special effects technician
Victor Riva .... video special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robin Brigham .... lighting technician
Lucy Bristow .... camera operator
Jenny John Chuan .... clapper loader
Julie Compton .... camera grip
John Donne .... camera grip (as Johnny Donne)
Laurence Edwards .... crane technician: Technocrane
Luke Everson .... clapper loader
Glyn Fielding .... camera grip
Dan Fontaine .... best boy
Matthew Hale .... focus puller
Tibor Kuo .... video operator
Julie Lemasson .... clapper loader
David Maund .... camera grip
Mark McCullough .... lighting designer
Chris Mortley .... lighting technician
Oleg Poupke .... focus puller
Matthew Poynter .... focus puller
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Peter Robertson .... crane operator
Andy Watt .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Dave Gardener .... additional editor
Rose Landfield .... assistant to on-line editor
 
Music Department
Pete Adams .... musician: piano and keyboards
Kennedy Aitchison .... musician: keyboards
Peter Corrigan .... musician: keyboards
Garry Cribb .... musician: bass guitar
David Cullen .... additional orchestrator
Frank Dawkins .... musician: guitar
Damian Fisher .... musician: drums
Fridrik 'Frizzy' Karlsson .... musician: guitar
Paul Keogh .... musician: guitar
Simon Lee .... conductor
Simon Lee .... music supervisor
Andrew Lloyd Webber .... music by
Andrew Lloyd Webber .... orchestrator
Alastair Marshall .... musician: guitar
Lee McCutcheon .... music programmer
Andy Pask .... musician: bass guitar
Steve Pearce .... musician: bass guitar
Julian Poole .... musician: percussion
Tim Rice .... lyrics by
Ralph Salmins .... musician: drums
Robin Sellars .... music mixing engineer
Robin Sellars .... music recordist
Ian Thomas .... musician: drums
Paul Willey .... orchestra leader
Rolf Wilson .... orchestra leader
Nigel Wright .... music producer
 
Other crew
Gale Edwards .... director: stage production
Lorraine Fennell .... production coordinator
Lyn Jones .... production accountant
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Anthony Van Laast .... choreographer
David Wilder .... assistant to director
 
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?
Fred Rose
Barbara Walsh

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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Additional Details

Runtime:
107 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tony Vincent (Simon) played the part of Judas in the 1999-2000 Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar.See more »
Quotes:
Judas:You have set them all on fire. Heh! They think they've found their new messiah! And they'll hurt you when they find they're wrong!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Jesus Christ Superstar (1972)See more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Wow!, 28 January 2004
Author: Erin (abner_en) from Bridgeport, WV

I had heard of Jesus Christ Superstar before from, of all people, an eight-year-old who was an avid fan, but the very title was enough to throw me off. Then, my sister's high school made the very gutsy decision to use it as their spring all-school musical. Her enthusiasm for it caught my interest. I listened to the London Concept soundtrack and loved it, then watched both this movie and the 1973 version. There is absolutely no comparison. As Jesus, Ted Neely (sp?) always seemed to be sleepy or something, except for his breaking up the marketplace in the temple. But Glenn Carter - wow. Not only can he express the torment of a man who knows that he was only born to die ("To conquer death, you only have to die"...who can forget that??), that his very best friends will deny and betray him, and that he might never get recognition for what he is about to do; he can also display such radiant joy that it is impossible not to smile with him. In the "Hosanna" scene, that gorgeous smile of his just shines with heavenly light - until the Israelites suggest that he die for them. His voice is lovely, but the true shining light in this production is Jerome Pradon's Judas Iscariot.

Usually portrayed as a villain, Pradon's Judas is disillusioned, irritated with Jesus for not doing something about his followers' misguided ideas, and torn between civic duty and love for his best friend. Some have described his voice as not up to snuff, but Judas is arguably one of the most complex characters in the history of theater. Consumed by confusion, anger, helplessness, and guilt, whose voice could NOT crack? The Last Supper and the Betrayal always leave me in tears: Judas' last desperate attempt to understand Jesus, his agonized betrayal of him and Jesus' subsequent forgiveness, followed by his realization that he has been tricked into murdering his best friend by a silent God, and his final grasp at control over his own life by hanging himself.

More pluses: Renee Castle's Mary Magdalene is heart-wrenching as she comes to grips with the fact that she loves a man who will never love her back - moreover, that she doesn't want him to. Simon Zealotes, as a gun-toting militant, represents the many people who thought that Jesus had come to Earth to fight a war against the Romans. Pilate is magnificent, if a little over-acted - a man who does not know what to make of Jesus, who seems so small and helpless, but possesses an inner strength and power that frightens Pilate, who was, everyone must remember, an unwilling accomplice in Jesus' death. Rik Mayall's Herod is hilarious, but something in his facial expression sends chills up one's spine - he may be loopy, but he's nobody to mess with. Finally, although I know Annas is not a comedic character, his voice kills me every time. The perfect weasel-y villain next to Caiaphas' almost too deep bass!

Some common complaints by Christians: First, that Jesus is portrayed as too human. I beg everyone to remember that Jesus was human, and that the night of his arrest he prayed so earnestly for God to save his life that he began to sweat blood. Second, that everything is not portrayed as it is in the Bible. If this worries you, please remember that the Gospel was written by other disciples, and even by people who never knew Jesus personally. The point of the play is to see events through Judas' eyes. As we can never know Judas' feelings and thoughts, this is only someone's attempt to understand how the events of the Gospel may have appeared to him. Third, that the Resurrection portrayed in the Bible is not part of the film. Again, remember that this is Judas' story. Judas did not know that Jesus would rise again. All he knew was that Jesus would die, and that is what the movie portrays.

Now for my few complaints. The actor who plays Caiaphas tries so hard to sing contrabass that often he misses notes and rhythms. Jesus' destruction of the marketplace was not as good as it could have been, what with all the TVs everywhere: the one element in which I prefer the 1973 version. Judas' suicide is rather too long drawn out, and almost loses its importance. But these are minor problems. All in all, I would give this movie two huge thumbs up!

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