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Jesus Christ Superstar 

Unrated | | Music | Episode aired 11 April 2001
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 Glenn Carter ... Jesus of Nazareth
Jérôme Pradon Jérôme Pradon ... Judas Iscariot (as Jerome Pradon)
Renée Castle ... Mary Magdalene
Fred Johanson Fred Johanson ... Pontius Pilate
Rik Mayall ... King Herod
Frederick B. Owens Frederick B. Owens ... Caiaphas
Michael Shaeffer ... Annas
Tony Vincent ... Simon Zealotes
Cavin Cornwall ... Peter
Pete Gallagher Pete Gallagher ... First Priest (as Peter Gallagher)
Michael McCarthy Michael McCarthy ... Second Priest
Philip Cox Philip Cox ... Third Priest
Matt Cross Matt Cross ... Apostle / Ensemble (as Matthew Cross)
Kevin Curtin ... Apostle / Ensemble
Paul Vickers Paul Vickers ... Apostle / Ensemble


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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So.... very very bad
26 February 2007 | by mOVIemAN56See all my reviews

I first rented this not expecting to find the original masterpiece that was the 1973 version. This film turned out to be so much less than that. The film follows the same course of songs and storyline that the original and play does but with more modernized versions of each characters. After a half hour I wanted to turn it off but I had to finish watching it. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

The problem with the 2000 remake is that all of the actors and performers are trying way to hard to make JCS an amazing accomplishment. 30 years ago the film was an incredible feat but today it isn't, it is just another film and musical. Every actor is several steps below the original cast member. Glenn Carter is an abysmal Jesus, Fred Johanson makes you wince when watching him try to portray Pilate and Jerome Pradon is a very weak Judas. Tony Vincent as Simon Zealotes was the only actor who I thought fit well into his role.

While the cast fails so does the music brought forth. The songs from the original play and film were classic rock opera pieces. Every song in this version makes you wince with pain. Fred Johanson trying to perform Trial Before Pilate had me on the floor crying from laughter. Every song Glenn Carter performs it sounds like he is a little girl in the midst of a temper tantrum. If you are going to watch this film, watch as an example of what not to do when making a musical.

1/5 Stars

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