“Jesus Christ Celebrity” is by no means alleged to be an correct retelling of biblical texts, as a substitute utilizing the generally recognized story of Jesus as a metaphor for the pitfalls of celeb, and the significance of seeing all individuals for the human beings they’re. The present’s central message is that there is hazard to placing somebody up on a pedestal — whether or not they be well-known musicians, politicians, or the alleged son of God.
When “JCS” debuted on stage in 1971, the present sparked large controversy. Christian non secular teams known as it “blasphemous,” Jews known as it antisemitic, and political conservatives discovered the stylized nature of the music “too radical.” The present was banned in Hungary and South Africa upon launch, however within the 50 years because it first hit the stage, cultural progress and an elevated understanding of media literacy has all however washed these controversies away.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice deliberately neglected the parables and Christian doctrine usually present in non secular musicals (I am taking a look at you, “Godspell”), declaring the present as theologically impartial. I imagine them. This is not the story of Jesus Christ, the non secular determine and alleged savior of the individuals: That is the story of a celebrity. His sympathetic victimhood comes not at the price of his sacrificial future, the way in which a movie like “The Ardour of the Christ” selected to painting. As an alternative, Jesus Christ is characterised like Elvis Presley or one of many Beatles, along with his rising variety of followers extra carefully resembling a rabid fanbase than a set of disciples. “What is the Buzz/Unusual Factor, Mystifying” performs much less just like the gospel and extra just like the deranged calls for made by followers throughout a pop star’s livestream.