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Jesus Christ Superstar: Original Cast

Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948) is the most successful composer of musicals of his generation and also a breaker of molds for the type. His predecessors were, for the most part, American: New York-based songwriters steeped in Broadway tradition. Lloyd Webber saw his share of shows as a child, too, but he was born in London, the son of William Lloyd Webber, Director of the London College of Music, and was trained at the Royal Academy of Music, hardly the sort of place where you'd be likely to hear Oklahoma!

Nevertheless, Lloyd Webber hooked up with lyricist Tim Rice, and the two began work on what would be a typical project for them, a musical based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Titled Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, it brought in a strong rock & roll influence. After writing a second unproduced musical, the two hit on the idea of writing a musical based on the life of Jesus Christ from the point of view of Judas (not the sort of idea likely to occur to a Broadway composer) and, again, imbued with rock. Unable to finance a stage version, Lloyd Webber and Rice did manage to record their show, and Jesus Christ Superstar went on to sales in the millions all over the world. The hit musical version followed.

Lloyd Webber and Rice then split, with the composer writing film scores and working on an abortive musical with playwright Alan Ayckbourne (Jeeves), after which Rice returned with another audacious idea: a musical based on the life of Argentine dictator (or dictator's wife, depending on how you look at it) Eva Peron. Evita (1976) repeated the pattern of Jesus Christ Superstar, with its hit record album followed by a successful theatrical run in the West End and then on Broadway.

The Lloyd Webber-Rice partnership, having proved itself again, was severed (Rice went on to write Chess), and Lloyd Webber next wrote a musical revue based on T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about Cats (1981). This time, the show came before the album, and it's still running. By this time, Lloyd Webber had largely abandoned the rock elements of his work in favor of what critics found a pastiche style that borrowed from classical and opera sources. He had also become a brand name (and a corporation, the Really Useful Company) that assured at least a modest success for subsequent shows, though critics were often unimpressed with his efforts.

Downgrading the status of his lyricists, Lloyd Webber went on to a series of successful shows (Song and Dance, Starlight Express) before scoring another long- (and still-) running hit in 1987 (1988 in New York) with a musical adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. Aspects of Love (1989-1990) was less successful, however. Lloyd Webber debuted a musical adaptation of the Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard in the early '90s, and it proved to be one of his rare disappointments, failing to earn either good reviews or healthy ticket sales. In 1996, Alan Parker adapted Evita for the screen; Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice contributed a new song, "You Must Love Me," to the production, which starred Madonna. "You Must Love Me" won the Best Original Song award at the 1997 Academy Awards. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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operaluver
Duncan Rogers - AMEN to that request! I have a poor quality recording of Adam singing Gethsemane that would blow your mind! Maybe someday we will get our wish.
On a separate note, I find it interesting that church groups would perform or endorse this musical as it refers to Jesus as fully human and even ends at the crucifixion, without the subsequent resurrection . It is really Judas' story as much as it is Jesus'.
I am hopeful for a revival with Adam Lambert playing the role of Jesus
The great Ian Gillan, personally selected by JC for lead vocals on the original album.
ally2560
I meant to say that this song is my favourite song
ally2560
I Don't Know How To Love Him is my fac song
ally2560
This part is stuck in my head
ally2560
Who are you to criticize her who are you to dispose her leave her leave let her be now leave her leave she is with me now
fvkopecky
Btw i was one of the soul girls
fvkopecky
Just did this production, hardest ive ever done. But it was also the best:) love this!!!!
I grew up with this. My grandma bought me the movie when I was *thinks* 5 and I watched it all the time. I also grew up with Annie, and Phantom of the Opera. :P
Sssooo happy to be doing this show omg
811432216
A masterpiece for our time
Like this is greaaaat
This is the bomb
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I know all the songs to this musical<3
Great rock opera
I have seen both the movie and a touring company of the play. I am always interested to see how the director stages King Herod. In the touring company version I saw he was Vegas-era Elvis.
I love the movie
Church youth group did this on trips it was great I still remember all the dance moves we did
I sang some of the songs in a music program when I was a little kid in the early '70s. It took me many years later to fall in love, but I did. I can listen to any cast, even the Really Useful 2000 one. Thanks Pandora!
pamelahuffer
Amazing! Takes me home to my youth when i first heard these beautiful messages.
This is a great musical! It's one of my favorites because it helped me strengthen my faith(:
One of the greatest albums ever!! Ian Gillians performance is flawless!! I also had the double lp with the booklet! Need the cd version!
garlicbeth
love it
I bought this in the early 70's . I had no idea that the album came out before the show,but I loved it. I had the brown box with the white angels that held two LPs and a large rectangle book with all the lyrics from start to finish on this cool parchment like paper. The 2 LP's were seperated with tissue paper like you would see in a wedding invitation. It was really cool. There is another GREAT version of JCS by The Indigo girls and REM. Emily Sailors sings Jesus. It's from 1995 and it is great
The playbill I saved from the original run also features a very young Greg Evigan (B.J. & the Bear & My Two Dads) in the cast.
Me too...30+ years later. the movie was on TV at Easter which got me interested again. Always loved this album..still know all the words. This original studio recording is the best JC Superstar album, I think.
hedianau
30 years later, i still looooovvveee Gillan in this song....
absolutely fell in love JCS as young sailorin the 70's. I bought and later had stolen over 6 copies (all different room/berthin g compartment mates over several different years)...now I'm trying to find a free copy/recordi n g of an album i've tried to own in the past...maybe now that I'm married (over 30 years) I can finally own my own copy... can anyone out there please let me know how/where I can do this?....Ple a s e write me at "willieben2@ h o t m a i l . c o m " THANKS EVERSOMUCH!! ! !
Ian Gillan sand the role of Jesus on the concept or "Brown Album"
Jeff Fenholt was Jesus in the original Broadway cast.
Ted Nealy was Jesus in the film and tours with various casts to this day
bill2687
NO ONE can touch IAN GILLAN's performance in this classic.
It is the BEST version of JCSS ever performed!!
so just now i found out that all human beings,murde r e d are jesus christ.but who will build spaceship to leave planet covered with "dry",s spearm?then real creator will send to travel to infinity.you have to have a plan:"what to do and how."
Ted Neally was Jesus in the Original Motion Picture and has been the one who has performed it since. And yes, the Original concept recording was Ian Gillan. But yes, definitely amazing.
kaavik
uh - I don't think Ted Neally was Jesus (that was Ian Gillan from Deep Purple).... but you are right about it being a classic!
vit93
Jesus christ superstar was and still is one of the best rock operas ever.
There couldent be anyone better to play jesus then Tead Neally.

Musicman34@h o t m a i l . c o m
nationstates u s e r
Listened to it in Music Class just last week. Really stuck out at me, even though I'm Hindu and not Christian. Really great. Story's good, kept free of religions perspectives and told very objectively. Love it!!!
lkrivanec
timeless. everyone should listen to this album. a new perspective on the holy week.
i love this music
the best of the recordings of superstar
ms_kiki_kitt y
I love this musical!
clarkbhm
The original remains the best!

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