But this time, it will etch his name into the history of the world as a villain of Biblical proportions. It seems likely that he would have been eager to end the potential threat to the existing order presented by the subversive theology of Jesus. Someone stops Peter on the street after the arrest and accuses him of being one of Jesus' apostles; Peter denies Jesus three times, as Jesus predicted. The priests oblige him and reassure him that he's chosen the right path in "Blood Money," set to the same music as "This Jesus Must Die. But Superstar was also the story of Jesus the social revolutionary, political insurgent, radical philosopher, apocalyptic prophet, a speaker of truth to power that terrified the religious and secular authorities. Unfortunately, many people today equate seriousness and import with antiquity. This sounds more like teenage girls in the 60s screaming for the Beatles or the Beach Boys, not the berobed apostles we read about in the Bible. The modern equivalent might be a construction worker or day laborer.
But Rice told us a new story and that choice gave us back the dramatic elements that makes a good story; the politics of this story, the complicated relationship between Judas and Jesus, and so many other elements gave us back the tension, the surprises, and the unknowns that keep us involved in the story. Jesus knows now that he can't count on anyone but himself; he is utterly alone. That, more than anything else, is why the single sold so well all over the world. Meanwhile, the rich got richer while the poor got poorer. It is likely that Caiaphas and Pilate had standing arrangements for how to deal with subversive persons such as Jesus. The thirty-nine lashes are administered to the vamp from "Heaven on Their Minds," the song in which Judas predicted that Jesus' actions would lead to disaster; here the vamp returns as Judas' prediction comes true. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. But this also brings the story into modern politics, showing us the birth of a political movement. Furter can, so they both die. The modern equivalent might be a construction worker or day laborer. These were common men and women. Several Jewish insurgencies have already been put down, thousands executed by the state. The apostles are a motley crew, uneducated, unskilled laborers, so average of intelligence that Jesus had to create all those farming parables to communicate complex ideas. The next song in the scene dramatizes Jesus and Judas' first confrontation, "Strange Thing Mystifying," in which Judas directly challenges Jesus' actions, specifically with regard to Mary Magdalene. Their drug use was not just an escape; it was also a means to help them find the spirituality they believed their parents had lost in the meaningless hypocrisy of organized religion in the s. And perhaps most important to us today, the choice to focus the show on Judas rather than on Jesus lifted the show out of the category of mere cultural rebellion and into the realm of legitimate intellectual and artistic endeavor. He doesn't really develop musical themes or motifs, choosing instead to repeat them exactly or almost exactly. For all you care this bread could be my body. It opened in London in and ran for eight years and 3, performances, breaking all West End records. Though the song is mostly new music, a small fragment of the melody was used in the temple scene earlier. At least in the world of Superstar, Judas and Mary dance a spiritual, emotional tug-of-war over Jesus throughout the entire story. But are his intentions entirely practical ones? The lyric to the chorus of the title song originally just repeated "Jesus Christ" every time the melody repeated. She just wants to comfort Jesus and help him relax; the only way she knows how to do that is by soothing him physically. To Judas, this is a modern-day political campaign.
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