The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, painted during the 1490s
Crucifixion, by Salvador Dali, 1954
After viewing the performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, answer any of the questions below. Please note the question number in your response.
Think back to the concept the director, Patrick Cassidy, shared with us in the classroom: a modernization, including hip hop and rap elements, focusing on Jesus' message as a man, and produced in the style of a mega church/rock concert.
1. Based on what you heard in class and your reading for the daily assignment, how is Patrick Cassidy's concept/ideas supported in the music and lyrics? Be specific.
2. How did the production fulfill Patrick's concept? How was the production disconnected from Patrick's concept. Be specific.
3. Choose one technical element that you especially liked or disliked. Why did you like or dislike it? If the technical elements are another storytelling tool, how did this element tell or distract from the story and themes of Jesus Christ Superstar?
4. As mentioned in the daily assignment and in class, upon it's release in the 1970s, various religious sects were offended by the content of Jesus Christ Superstar. Based on your religious background, what was your personal response to the representations of these Biblical characters? How did it align or detract from your personal beliefs and understandings?
5. Choose one favorite actor in the production. Who is it and why are they your favorite?
6. If you saw either the 1973 film or the Live production from last weekend, compare and contrast one of these productions with WMU's Jesus Christ Superstar. Examine the casting, concept, technical elements and any other details you find pertinent.
7. What is a favorite moment from the production? Why is this your favorite moment? How did this moment enhance the production?
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