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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
June 30, 2016  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 12:30 a.m. ET

 

Jesus Christ Superstar may be the closest Broadway analogue to Hamilton, in both approach and reception, so seeing this 1973 movie adaptation in this new era is quite instructive. This rock opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, started as a concept album, then was transferred to the stage, with Ben Vereen and Yvonne Elliman its breakout stars as, respectively, Judas Iscariot and Mary Magdalene. Elliman reprises her stage (and original LP) role in this film, but Vereen does not. Judas, in the film, is played by Carl Anderson, with Ted Neeley as Jesus. It’s not that good a film, really, but it does capture the intent, and an era.

 
 
 
 
 
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