"Jesus Christ Superstar" Will Be Released on Blu-Ray in May
28 Feb 2013
The 1973 film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be released on Blu-ray by Universal Studios May 7.
The film, which follows the final days of Jesus Christ, was directed by Norman Jewison and features Ted Neeley as Jesus, Carl Anderson as Judas, Bob Bingham as Caiaphas, Barry Dennen as Pontius Pilate and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene.
Jesus Christ Superstar has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The original Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Oct. 12, 1971, and received five 1972 Tony Award nominations. The piece was revived on Broadway in 1977, 2000 and 2012.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.