Timeless... That's what I thought of Jesus Christ Superstar when I first saw it in the seventies with Ted Neely. I had not had the chance to see anyone bring it back to life convincingly, though. Until I saw this version. Rik Mayall's almost stoic hilariousness conveys exactly the thoughts in King Herod's mind, a cynic to the core, jealous of popularity and hoping to be convinced. The role of Pilate is superbly convincing, from the harshness during Jesus's first trial to the heart-broken man looking for a way to save a life that is obviously filled with some power he himself knows, after a dream he had, will place him in history books as the villain.Caiaphas is solid and dark, Annas is just plain scary (which is the idea, I believe), Judas could NOT have had a better actor (Jerome Pradon is simply brilliant in his role)... and well, what can ANYBODY really say about Glenn Carter? Some people say he was a bit lacking in character, but to me he conveyed the necessary mellowness or strength whenever needed, not to mention his awsome voice. The only objection I have in regards to this revival is the bland role of Mary Magdalene. There's so much more one can do with her lead songs, and Renee Castle seemed to lack both voice AND expression. But otherwise, this deserves a thumbs up in all the other directions.