Jesus Christ Superstar

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Postby 23623 » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:14 am

I watched the 2000 movie for the first time last night and oh Jesus...I didn't get it at all.

I'm not being critical. In fact I like most of the music but feel really confused by the plot, like, I sort of know what's happening but I don't get what the authors have intended to do with that? :shock: Any JCS fans here to enlighten me?
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Re: Jesus Christ Superstar

Postby Acaila » Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:23 pm

What parts of it didn't you get?

While I think Jerome Pradon is terrible in it, I'll always choose the 2000 movie over the original movie. Seeing that put me off the show nearly for life!
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Re: Jesus Christ Superstar

Postby TheRandomPhangirl » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:10 pm

It's just a retelling of The Passion, isn't it? Only with rock music, and Jesus and Judas have some serious UST going on.

I haven't watched either film or the arena tour thing with Ben Forster, admittedly, so I can't compare. I have, however, seen the Regent's Park Open Air version, starring Declan Bennet and Tyrone Huntley (and David Thaxton as Pilate with some MCR-level eye makeup), and it floored me.
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Re: Jesus Christ Superstar

Postby 23623 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:59 pm

Acaila wrote:What parts of it didn't you get?

While I think Jerome Pradon is terrible in it, I'll always choose the 2000 movie over the original movie. Seeing that put me off the show nearly for life!

Hehe, I've heard good things about JCS for quite a long time but only actually decided to watch the movie when I found that Jerome Pradon was in it.

...well that's not entirely true. I watched it a few years ago (when I had no idea who Jerome Pradon is) but didn't finish for some reason I can't remember. Then I just forgot about it. Having watched it in its entirety now I'm completely hooked, though I did scream "this is not the Marius I used to love!" almost every time Jerome Pradon appeared.

I know JCS is basically a modern retelling of the last week of Jesus' life, but I don't understand what they're trying to do with this. I mean it's not likely that ALW and Tim Rice only did it because it looks cool. Telling the same story in a different manner is not really that exciting. It's a creative attempt but only to a limited extent. I don't know if there's anything they're trying to establish with JCS. For example I kind of have the feeling that this show can be considered as an apology for Judas, as it gives considerable attention to his emotional dilemma. Also I guess the modern setting is probably suggesting something in the same way the DTC modern Les Mis does. I don't know exactly what is implied but the general thought is that what happened in the past is happening again today and probably will still happen in the future.

I'm probably overthinking too much but I really want to know what's the point of this show. :D

TheRandomPhangirl wrote:It's just a retelling of The Passion, isn't it? Only with rock music, and Jesus and Judas have some serious UST going on.

I haven't watched either film or the arena tour thing with Ben Forster, admittedly, so I can't compare. I have, however, seen the Regent's Park Open Air version, starring Declan Bennet and Tyrone Huntley (and David Thaxton as Pilate with some MCR-level eye makeup), and it floored me.

I've heard many good things about this production and it's already on my to-watch list.
Watching JCS on stage must be super fun. As far as I know this show has no "standard" production, which means almost every production is non-replica, so there's always something new to look for! :D

On a random note - I think Drew Sarich would be a really good Judas, though he plays Jesus in most of the videos I've found.
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Re: Jesus Christ Superstar

Postby Acaila » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:59 pm

Different productions sometimes don't bother with the whole modern setting. Personally, I like it when they make it modern because I always got the impression it was supposed to be trying to make the Passion story relevant, and drawing the comparison of Jesus with a late 20th century rock star.

Drew is one of my fave Judases (the other being Zubin Varla from the awesome 1996 London recording). His Judas was one of the first boots I ever got - someone who was sending me something else sent me that because I insisted nobody could be better than Zubin.
Here's some Drewdas to get you started - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXaEafnklg4
That production is the Amstetten one from 2005 I think.
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