The recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar may have died on Broadway, but like the rock opera's subject, it has risen. The Gale Edwards-directed revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular retelling of the life and death of Jesus Christ arrives on video and DVD March 20.
Glenn Carter stars as Jesus in the film edition, as he did on the West End and on Broadway. Joining him are Jerome Pradon (Judas), Renee Castle (Mary), "The Young Ones" and "Blackadder" star Rik Mayall (Herod) and several of the Broadway cast's members in smaller roles, including Tony Vincent as Simon Zealotes and Frederick B. Owens as Caiaphas. Vincent played Judas on Broadway.
Superstar, the musicalized story of Jesus Christ from Palm Sunday through the crucifixion, made its world premiere on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Oct. 12, 1971. It ran there 720 performances. The original London production ran for eight years and 3,358 performances, the fifth- longest running West End show. A movie version was made in and starred Ted Neeley as Jesus. Songs from the score include the U.S. chart hit "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and "Superstar."
The DVD edition includes a "Making of" featurette, cast and filmmaker bios and French subtitles.
The VHS release is priced at $19.98, while the DVD is $29.98. For more information or to see the film's trailer, visit http://www.jesus-christ-superstar.net.