Jesus Christ Superstar

by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Time Rice

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How does the character of Jesus Christ respond to and reflect values prevalent in the 1970s when the rock opera was produced? How does this characterization compare to the Biblical representation of Christ?

Is sacred or religious material appropriate for a rock opera? Why or why not?

Research the political situation of the Jews in the time of Christ. Compare the play’s portrayal of the Pharisees and the Zealots to your findings.

Why was Herod reluctant to execute Jesus?

Webber and Rice have been criticized for their sympathetic treatment of Judas Iscariot. How has the portrayal of Judas changed over the centuries, and what might account for any shift in sensibilities toward him?

Why does the play leave out the Resurrection of Christ?

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