By Christine Ehren
27 Mar 2001
The recent revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, after rising again (so to speak) on video and DVD March 20, now will be available as a CD soundtrack and a PBS special. The CD, a collection of tunes from the revival's film version, will be released on Sony Classical March 27. The PBS special is scheduled for April 11 as a part of the Great Performances series.
Glenn Carter stars as Jesus in this 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" and "Young Ones" 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."