Entry: rockin out to some showtunes Thursday, April 22, 2004



Alrighty... Has anyone ever seen Jesus Christ, Superstar? It's an amazing rock opera and I love it to death. I'm not even kidding. I saw it in Seattle on its off Broadway production on 2003 and I've loved it ever since. The music is amazing and ahhh it's just a really wonderful show. If it's EVER near you I recomend you see it. You don't even have to be religious... a great woman once pointed out to me that the Bible is the best book around... multiple great plots, eh?  I think so... I love this musical!!!

The reason this all sprang up is because I just downloaded some music from the show.

Synopsis:

Jesus Christ Superstar chronicles the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his disciple, Judas Iscariot, who has become disillusioned with the movement. At the opening of the play, Judas agonizes over his perception that Jesus' followers have become fanatical and unrealistic, hailing him as a god and twisting his words into monstrous prophecies. After all, in Judas' mind, Jesus is only a man--a man with certain inconsistencies, as evidenced by his relationship with Mary Magdalene. As the crowds in the street grow more and more out of control, the rift between Jesus and Judas grows. After watching Jesus lose control in the temple, lashing out at the moneylenders and merchants, then begging to be left alone when a crowd of cripples surround him asking to be healed, Judas is more convinced than ever that the man from Nazareth is just that--a man, and nothing more. He determines that Jesus, having lost control of the mob, has become dangerous and must be stopped. He goes to the priests and gives them all the information they need to catch Jesus alone so that they can take him prisoner without risking violence by the mob. After leading the soldiers to Gethsemane, however, and watching the events that unfold, Judas soon realizes that he has been tricked by God into being the instrument of Jesus martyrdom. Furious that the man from Nazareth will be remembered as a "Superstar," Judas hangs himself.


Its amazing too...

This is the song Judas sings...

Everytime I look at you I don't understand
Why you let the things you did get so out of hand?
You’d have managed better if you’d had it planned
Why’d you choose such a backward time and such a strange land?
If you’d come today you could have reached a whole nation
Israel in 4 BC had no mass communication

Don’t you get me wrong - I only want to know

Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ Superstar
Do you think you’re what they say you are?
Jesus Christ Superstar
Do you think you’re what they say you are?

Tell me what you think about your friends at the top
Who’d you think besides yourself’s the pick of the crop?
Buddah was he where it’s at? Is he where you are?
Could Mahomet move a mountain or was that just PR?
Did you mean to die like that?
Was that a mistake or
Did you know you messy death would be a record breaker?

Don’t you get me wrong - I only want to know

Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ
Who are you? What have you sacrificed?
Jesus Christ Superstar
Do you think you’re what they say you are?
Jesus Christ Superstar
Do you think you’re what they say you are?

I'll leave you with that... Jeez this musical is good.

   10 comments

Hannah
April 26, 2004   08:58 PM PDT
 
Wow! That's really cool! Thanks Mother Hen :)
Madeline
April 26, 2004   08:21 PM PDT
 
You are so right, Mother Hen!
Mother Hen
April 26, 2004   06:50 PM PDT
 
About the musical- when in doubt of troublesome content, or maybe even just watered down content it's best to err on the side of caution and just not see it. What comes into our minds must first come throught the senses. It's not about being open minded or not- its about making something sacred, common. Mother Teresa said that if you are not spreading the Light, your just increasing the darkness. :) Thanks gals for the great comments
Hannah
April 25, 2004   06:49 PM PDT
 
Wow. Da Vinci Code... THAT may just have opened the proverbial can of worms. I've heard so many arguments on that and I am totally against the Da Vinci Code.

Anyways, um, yeah, I haven't see "Jesus Christ Superstar" yet, but I don't think it compares to, say, the "Passion". I guess if it's doing some good, then its good, but if the majority of bad it's doing outweighs the good, then it's bad. So, I don't know. Depends on how you define good and bad and what exactly you're talking about... music, content, lyrics, costumes, actors... you know, it can get a little involved.
taryn
April 25, 2004   04:15 PM PDT
 
Yeah. I understand whatcha mean if you haven't seen it. BUT you really should. Even if you do walk away thinking its "sacrelgious trouble" you've still seen it and you've been open minded. (Which is the coolest thing anyone can be in my opinion.) And the cliche of happy-go-lucky musicals doesn't apply. It's really touching and yeah... the music is really good and I'm in a showtunes funk right now. Anyways it was a jazzy way that I got really intoduced to the story of Jesus' last days. And if you think that comment was opening a can of worms... you haven't seen a Catholic discuss "The Da Vinci Code" with anyone else. But we won't talk about that because I hate doing that sort of thing.
Alex
April 24, 2004   09:00 PM PDT
 
Comin' from a musical type of man, (that means I like musicals;) I don't think that the content can be very well justified...though I haven't seen it yet.

Maybe I'll watch it one of these days and see what it's like. But I think the main reason I wouldn't agree with it right from the get go, is because the life of Christ wasn't exactly a song and a dance... I mean, what would you think if they made a musical about the Civil War? Somehow, I just don't think it would work too well, but that's just me. Well, someday, I'll be able to tell exactly what I think of it, so until then, it's iffy.
Hannah
April 24, 2004   05:19 PM PDT
 
Sort of like... well, I don't know. It sounds like the Christians trying to make Jesus acceptable to everyone. That probably just opened up a whole can of worms, but, yeah. Donno what else to say...
The Cow
April 24, 2004   04:21 PM PDT
 
Jesus...rock star...neh. Sounds like a world of sacrelgious trouble right there...

taryn
April 24, 2004   12:18 PM PDT
 
why weirded out and skeptical?
The Cow
April 24, 2004   09:54 AM PDT
 
I've never seen it. I've always been kind of weirded out and skeptical of the idear, so I'v never bothered to. Mayhap I'll check it out, although I am still somewhat weirded out and skeptical...

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