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The setting folds fascism, intolerance, and revolution into a portrait out of time, robbing the play of its powerful historical grounding but injecting it with energy and insight. As Christ, Glenn Carter (who played the role in the 2000 Broadway revival) flashes his anger and rolls his eyes at Judas (Jerome Pradon) but cannot deny the truths of Judas's fears: "Every word you say today gets twisted 'round some other way." As Christ sees his cult of personality overtake his message and struggles with the fears of his sacrifice, he reaches within for faith and forgiveness, giving the show the spiritual dimension it so often lacks.
It's an entertaining, thoughtful, and well-sung production. Edwards avoids the tepidity of Norman Jewison's solemn 1973 film, driving forward with energetic editing and swooping cameras, and guided at all times by the dramatic, exhilarating score. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This version resets the story in a more modern vernacular. And it works well. By leaving behind the "hippy dippy" setting of 70s version, this production makes the story... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2008 by grant corriveau
That's all. Disappointing from the beggining. New arrangements, ciber-punk fashioned people, and a cast that really works... until Jesus starts to act. My god! Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Abraham Romo
The first time I saw this musical was a few years ago at an outdoor theater on Montery, CA. It was a traditional interpretation of the show, and I absolutely loved it!!! Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by K. Cassada
I'm sorry I may be the minority who preferred the 70s version, maybe I'm getting old and sentimental. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by r10623
This version is the best I have seen. It was inspiring and just plain amazing. Glenn Carter as Jesus was powerful beyond words and was supported by a very talented cast. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Crazy reader
...and also about the actor who played Judas. Hey everyone! It's me again, the girl who the review entitled "Perfect" don't worry I will always believe that. Read morePublished on April 15 2004
Short and simple. The first video was great but there is NO comparison! ALL the actors have and unbelievable about of passion and power. The 1st version was flat and unfeeling. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Mr. X
I just finished watching this DVD rental, and find myself online to buy a copy. It is worth adding to your collection for viewing and reviewing. Not being Christian... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by Just Be