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Judas contemplates his fate if he betrays Jesus in "Damned for All Time/Blood Money."
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Jesus Christ (Glenn Carter) and Mary Magdalene (Renee Castle)

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's ground-breaking "rock opera" "Jesus Christ Superstar" changed the face of musical theater when it debuted on Broadway in 1971. Telling the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus, "Superstar" dramatizes Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate, and his ultimate crucifixion. Now, GREAT PERFORMANCES brings an exciting new film adaptation of the recent Broadway revival to public television for Easter 2001.

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Michael Coveney writes about the emergence of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice partnership, and how it led to the creation of the enormously popular rock opera; gives us a preview of director Gale Edward's thoroughly modern adaptation of the musical; and traces the journey of "Jesus Christ Superstar" from record album to arena show to West End record-breaker.

Click here to explore the Web companion for this program, which originally aired on April 11, 2001.

Top banner photos: Jesus Christ (Carter) enters Jerusalem; Jesus Christ (Carter); the crucifixion.

Herod's Court

Jesus (Carter) is brought before Herod's Court.

Roman soldiers

In this update of the musical, Roman soldiers are depicted as storm troopers.