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Jesus Christ Superstar

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Synopsis

The apostle Judas Iscariot enters, singing “Heaven on Their Minds”, which begins, “My mind is clearer now.” While the song is addressed to Jesus, Jesus is not present; Judas’s is airing feelings that he cannot say out loud, much as he might like to. Judas has just come to realize that those who follow Jesus have begun to revere the man more than his message. Indeed, he fears that Jesus himself has started to believe what the crowd around him thinks: that he is no man, but God himself. Judas loves Jesus, but he implores him in absence to do something to prevent their destruction. If the authorities see him as a rabble-rouser, they will destroy him and them all. Judas laments that their movement, once beautiful, has gone bad.

Jesus’s followers exemplify Judas’s words in “What’s the Buzz?” where they bombard Jesus with questions, asking him what’s going to happen next, and when will they enter Jerusalem in triumph. Jesus tries to get them to stop being so concerned about the future and just focus on the present. Mary Magdalene offers to anoint him against the heat; Jesus points out that she alone seems to care how he feels right now; everyone else’s head is in the clouds.

Judas, in “Strange Thing, Mystifying” expresses his discomfort and bafflement that Jesus would associate with Mary, a prostitute. He points out that this sort of association only gives ammunition to those who dislike Jesus. Jesus angrily retorts that unless Judas is without sin he is not fit to judge her. Jesus then turns on the rest of the disciples and claims that none of them cares for him. They plead that they do.

Mary tries to calm Jesus, singing “Everything’s Alright”, and tell him to relax and not worry about things for one night. Judas angrily chides Mary for having wasted good money on ointment rather than giving it to the poor. Jesus replies that the disciples hardly have money enough for the poor, and adjures Judas and the others to enjoy what they have for now, implying that he (Jesus) will soon be gone.

In Jerusalem, Caiaphas, the high priest, has assembled the other high priests to confer about the Jesus movement and its possible threat to their order. The others are gravely concerned about the growth of the crowds come to hear Jesus and are afraid of civil disorder. Annas derides Jesus and his followers, who he paints as gullible and credulous. Caiaphas warns that if the Romans see Jesus as a threat, they will retaliate not only against Jesus but all the Jews. He concludes that the only way to avoid this is to kill Jesus.

Jesus arrives in Jerusalem, surrounded by a joyous mob singing “Hosanna”. Caiaphas tells Jesus to disband the crowd. Jesus replies that it’s impossible. Even if the people remained silent, the stones of Jerusalem would sing in their stead.

One of Jesus’s disciples, Simon Zealotes, sings to Jesus (“Simon Zealotes”) saying that Jesus is so popular that all he has to do is turn the crowd against the Roman occupation and the Jews will be free. Jesus, in “Poor Jerusalem”, rejects this: the true power is not in this earthly mob, but in another sphere altogether

We next see Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, in his bedchamber. He has just had a terrible dream (“Pilate’s Dream”) about meeting a strange and amazing man with billions of followers, all blaming him (Pilate) for the man’s death.

Jesus enters the temple in Jerusalem and finds that it has become a sleazy market for gambling, wine, moneylending, and more (“The Temple”). Jesus screams at them to get out, that this house of prayer has become a “den of thieves”.

Jesus then wanders off alone and is confronted by a great crowd of beggars, lepers, and cripples, all asking to be healed over and over. He is overwhelmed and finally screams at them to “heal yourselves!”

Mary finds Jesus, tired and alone. She tells him once again to rest (“Everything’s Alright”, reprise). While he sleeps, she sings “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” where she laments that he is like no man she’s ever been with. She has had many men and was always in control of the situation, but now she is scared and lost and yet can’t be without him.

Judas having become more and more persuaded that Jesus’s followers will bring destruction down on the whole Jewish people, decides to go to the priests and help them capture Jesus. In “Damned for all Time,” he asserts over and over that he is not doing this from self-interest but rather to save his fellow men, and wants the priests to confirm this and thus assuage his guilt over his actions. Annas mocks him for that. In “Blood Money,” Caiaphas offers to pay him for the information. Judas at first balks at accepting money for this like a common informer, but relents when Caiaphas suggests he can give the money to the poor. Judas ends by telling the priests that Jesus will be in the garden of Gethsemane Thursday evening.

Act II

Jesus meets with his apostles for the Last Supper as they sing “Look at all my trials and tribulations…” (“The Last Supper”). Jesus, knowing he will soon die, tells them that they should remember him when they eat and drink by thinking of the bread as his body and the wine his blood. He then goes on to wonder if anyone will remember him when he’s gone. The apostles all deny it, but Jesus states that Peter will deny him three times, and that another will betray him. Judas knows that Jesus means him. Judas tries to explain why he is doing this, but Jesus refuses to listen to him and Judas leaves.

The apostles all fall asleep. Jesus laments that none would stay awake with him. He sings “Gethsemane”, wherein he talks to God his father, asking God if he, Jesus, has not done enough – does he have to die? Jesus says he is tired, and wonders how his death could possible advance God’s plan. He asks God to take this cup away from him, to spare him who has worked all his life for God. God does not reply, and Jesus becomes furious and mocking. But his outburst is short-lived. Jesus knows that God “holds every card” and that there is nothing he can do but follow the divine plan and go to his death, even if he doesn’t understand why.

Judas arrives with soldiers and identifies Jesus with a kiss. The soldiers arrest Jesus. The apostles realize what is happening and try to fight, but Jesus tells them to stop. The soldiers take him to Caiaphas. A mob questions Jesus as if they were paparazzi (“The Arrest”). Caiaphas asks Jesus if he is the son of God. Jesus does not deny it, and Caiaphas sends him off to Pilate.

Peter is confronted by townsfolk and denies Jesus three times, as Jesus foresaw. He justifies himself to Mary by saying that he, Peter, would have been arrested too (“Peter’s Denial”).

Jesus is taken before Pilate, who mocks him. Jesus again neither confirms nor denies his divinity. Pilate, not wishing to rule on the matter if he can avoid it, says in “Pilate and Christ” that since Jesus is from Galilee, he’s one of King Herod’s people and it’s not a Roman matter. The mob sings “Hosanna” again ,with different words, asking Jesus where all his power and glory went.

King Herod receives Jesus as id Jesus were a visiting dignitary, but it’s all in sarcasm. In “King Herod’s Song,” Herod recounts the rumors of supposed miracles accomplished by Jesus and challenges Jesus to prove his divinity by performing just one here in front of him, e.g. “Walk across my swimming pool”. Jesus fails to respond, whereupon Herod decides that Jesus is just another fake Messiah, and his delighted mockery turns to angry scorn. He disdains to judge him for his crimes and sends him back to Pilate.

Mary and the apostles gather and sing “Could we Start Again Please,” wistfully recalling the sweet, idealistic beginning of their movement and wishing they could go back to that time.

Judas returns to Caiaphas, telling how he saw Jesus beaten by the authorities. Crushed by guilt and terrified that history will see him as a traitor, he pleads with Caiaphas to give him some absolution. Caiaphas says instead that Judas has nothing to be ashamed of, and that what he did was for the best of all. The priests leave. Judas, alone, blames God for having forced him into the role of betrayer, of having used Judas as the instrument of Jesus’s death (“Judas’s Death”). He commits suicide.

Jesus is brought back to Pilate for trial. Pilate asks, then implores, then begs Jesus to defend himself, but Jesus says almost nothing. Pilate asks the crowd if they would crucify their “King”, and they say “We have no King but Caesar!” and begin an insistent, repetitive demand that Jesus be crucified, reminding Pilate of his duty and threatening him with losing his governorship.

Pilate admonishes the crowd for this sudden accession of respect for Rome, and says he will not kill Jesus, but only flog him (“39 lashes”). This fails to satisfy the bloodthirsty crowd, who screams anew for crucifixion. Pilate reluctantly accedes, but says that it was not his fault (“Trial Before Pilate”).

Judas (in spirit, or perhaps in Hell) comes out and asks Jesus, in “Superstar”, why Jesus chose such an odd time and place for his revelation. He wonders who Jesus really was and whether it really was all part of the divine plan.

Jesus is crucified and dies slowly ("The Crucifixion"). The orchestra plays a brief piece, "John 19:41.", and the play is over.

Characters

Primary characters are the 40 characters necessary to the game. Secondary characters are 25 more characters that enhance the game and make it even better. Both primary and secondary characters wil be fuly playable and meaningful to the game Second tier characters will be added to the game if we get more than 65 players and will be moved to primary or secondary as appropriate. Backup characters will be given to players as a "second character" so players can attend events their primary characters wouldn't be at.

Superstar Jesus Christ Primary Character

The protagonist and leader of a band of disciples attracted by his radical teachings. Many of his followers think him to be the Son of God and the Messiah, but Jesus never refers to himself as either. When the movement first began, Jesus was full of purpose and joy in spreading the new message of the Lord, but by this point he has become tired and a little disillusioned. More, his movement has taken on a momentum of its own, and he no longer controls it. He knows that soon events will come to a head and that he is destined to die as his last act in God’s plan for his life. But as the time grows near, he has started to wonder: why do I have to die and what will God’s plan really accomplish? Everyone sees him as a prophet, or even the Son of God; he just wants to be a man.

Jesus Christ (Godspell) has been merged into this character.
Judas Iscariot Primary Character

One of Jesus’s earliest disciples. Judas has become concerned that the movement has gotten too large, and that Jesus’s followers, who once regarded him as a teacher and prophet, are coming to believe that he is the Son of God and the Messiah. Judas knows that the Roman authorities in Judea will see this as a threat, and that they are likely to retaliate against all Jews. He loves Jesus, and fears for him and all of their people. Jesus is unreceptive to his warnings: sometimes Jesus seems caught up in the personality cult that his followers have formed around him; other times, he seems fatalistic, believing that God has made a path for him and he must follow it. Judas is also confused and angry that Jesus seems to be going “off-message”, doing things like associating with Mary Magdalene, a prostitute. Judas finally persuades himself that Jesus is out of control and that to save his people he has to betray his teacher. But he remains intensely guilty about the act and kills himself, blaming God for forcing the role of traitor upon him.

Judas (Godspell) has been merged into this character.
Mary Magdalene Primary Character

A prostitute who has joined Jesus’s band. Mary and Judas are the only followers of Jesus who see him as a human being rather than a Messiah. Notwithstanding that, they dislike each other and in some ways view for his love. Mary always thought of herself as a strong, independent women who could take men or leave them, but Jesus has shattered her self-image. She loves him hopelessly and fears for him, yet cannot tell him: whether he said he loved her in return, she couldn’t take it. She is doomed to follow him as he goes to his own destruction, and provide for him what comfort and temporal happiness she can as the expression of her love.

Caiaphas Primary Character

The High Priest of the Jews in Jerusalem, a strong but callous man. He knows that the Jews exist at the sufferance of the Roman Authorities, and hates so-called Messiahs because their provocations endanger him and all his people. He asks Pilate to crucify Jesus.

Pontius Pilate Primary Character

The Roman governor of Judea, an essentially good man. Governing Judea is a difficult task: unlike most subject peoples, the Jews refuse to assimilate to the Roman way of life; worse, their religion speaks of a Messiah who will deliver them all from bondage. Periodically, some charismatic individual or another with a claim to that status gathers a mob about him and has to be put down by force. Pilate recognizes that Jesus, the man in his dream, is different than the others and tries all he can to avoid putting him to death: sending him to Herod to be judged, lashing him to satisfy the crowd, and pleading with Jesus to give him any scrap that he can use to justify a lesser punishment. He fails, and must accede to the bloodthirsty crowd.

Senex (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) has been merged into this character.
Father Bellamy (The Fantasticks) has been merged into this character.
King Herod Cast Character

The King of Galilee. Jesus is brought before him for judgment. He views Jesus and his so-called miracles with acid disdain, mocking him angrily, then waives his right to judgment and sends him back to Pilate.

Annas Bit Part

A vocal Jewish Priest, who disdains the people of Jerusalem as gullibles, ready to follow every would-be saviour no matter what damage to society may result. He bribes Judas to betray Jesus.

Peter Bit Part

One of Jesus’s original disciples. He is a true believer until Jesus tells him at the Last Supper that Peter will deny Jesus three times, which Peter does after Gethsemane for fear of his own life.

Simon Zealotes Bit Part

A follower of Jesus who believes that Jesus is the Messiah who will deliver the Jews from Roman occupation by leading them in violent revolt. He tries to get Jesus to stir up the crowd against Rome, but fails.

Dream Casting

Have you ever seen a show and started casting your friends into the parts in your head? Well, now you can vote on who you would cast into whom. The only caveats are that you and your targets must be registered in the Lullaby of Broadway database, although they don't have to be signed up for the event.

Note: Dream Casting is just a fun exercise and is *not* a guarantee of casting for the game.

Want to dream cast? Log in then select the red Dream Cast link from the Player Menu tab!

Starring...

Kate B as Judas Iscariot  

Again, these are player votes. The game has not yet been cast. We will cast at the end of April.

External Media

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