~~April 2, 2018~~
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
~Thy Rock ‘N’ Roll Holiness Electrifies In Amped Up Musical Event~
Yesterday, on Easter Sunday, I was visiting family to celebrate the occasion.
I had set my DVR in case I wasn’t home before the show began … and that was the case.
You see, back in 1970, when the LP was released, it became one of my favorite musical ever. I would stay in my room, lyrics in hand, headphones in place … till the wee hours in the morning listening to the music over and over.
Watching the show last night lead to many happy memories and moments of amazing flashbacks.
To my surprise, I remembered most of the lyrics.
For me, back then, the musical represented a state of the times … these being the times of Jesus Christ and the times when the musical production was released. To me, it was an attempt to explain the story of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Judas, the Apostles and the politico-social reality of the era. It was also an attempt to bring humanity to the characters.
I found it quite interesting that 48 years after the initial release, the message still rang true and applied to the times we are currently living.
I definitely loved the concert.
I think the set, the musicians, the development concepts and the performances were beyond amazing.
John Legend, Sara Barielles, Alice Cooper and Brandon Victor Dixon were flawless.
In other words, I loved it!
It’s great that I have it recorded and can watch it over and over and over.
I will buy the DVD for sure when it’s released!
Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971.
The musical is mostly sung-through, with little spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.
The work’s depiction offers a free interpretation of the psychology of Jesus and the other characters. A large part of the plot focuses on the character of Judas, who is depicted as a tragic figure dissatisfied with the direction in which Jesus steers his disciples. Contemporary attitudes and sensibilities (as well as slang) pervade the lyrics, and ironic allusions to modern life are scattered throughout the depiction of political events. Stage and film productions accordingly contain many intentional anachronisms.
It’s only appropriate that NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert aired on Easter Sunday.
There is no better way to celebrate the Holy holiday than with an Easter egg hunt in the day and a live TV adaptation of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical at night. And when it comes to NBC live musical events, Jesus Christ Superstar ranks at the top.
What could have felt like a dated rock opera was more like an uproarious arena concert filled with screaming fans, frenetic lights, blaring speakers, pyrotechnics and a group of musicians and performers fueled with the spirit of a chaotic electric guitar wildly flailing about – just how Jesus would have wanted it.
“As it appears … full read/full credit”
Here’s a few of the many moments!!
~”Heaven on Their Minds”~
Brandon Victor Dixon
~”I Don’t Know How to Love Him”~
~”King Herod’s Song”~
Alice Cooper & John Legend
John Legend & Sara Bareilles
Brandon Victor Dixon
~”Could We Start Again, Please?”~
“John Nineteen: Forty-One”
John Legend, Sara Bareilles & More
~Published on Apr 1, 2018~
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
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