MISCELLANEOUS

 

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar during it's 4+-year tour.
Photo courtesy of Debbie Spykerman (spyk002@aol.com)

 


A FEW THINGS OF INTEREST:

 

 

This GORGEOUS shot was sent to me by Silvia Toselli (silvia29@fastwebnet.it).  It is the book cover of "Joshua", written by Joseph F. Girzone.  Glorious, isn't it?  Enjoy! 

 

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Courtesy of Linda (lindafenton@hotmail.com) we have three terrific finds on JCS info.

1.  An ENTIRE DIRECTORY of 32 articles on Charm.net.  Most of these articles are about JCS, and are either interviews
     that Ted did during the four-year tour, or show reviews.  Also in the directory is an article about Rasputin and one about
     Tommy.  Take a look.  This is a REALLY FABULOUS find!  Thanks SOOOOOO MUCH, Linda!:

     ftp://ftp.charm.net/pub/usr/home/sky/

     NOTE:  Recently, the directory link has been taken offline.  If the directory does not return, I do have all the links printed
                   out, so I may scan them and put them here at a future date.

2.  Here's another article, courtesy of Linda (from #1), which should have been in 
     the sky directory, but somehow wasn't.  Enjoy!
 http://archive.nextwerk.com/rlibrary.nsf/e91e43943c9fabbf862567e60006ad4a/939b5055c0d2b44a862566e100832203?OpenDocument


3.  Yet another find by Linda (from #1), which may or may not settle the argument as to whether the 1973 film, or 
     the new video provides the definitive version of JCS.  As Linda puts it (and at the risk of upsetting the Glenn 
     Carter followers): 

"...the writer has got the point about who can act, hasn't he?"

http://apolloguide.com/mov_fullrev.asp?CID=2994

"Carter is tall and classically distinctive looking and has a great singing voice. Lacking the beard that is commonly associated with Jesus, he also doesn’t possess the sort of charisma you might expect, given who he’s playing. This might be a case of the intrusive camera noticing what isn’t usually an issue onstage, as it’s Ted Neeley’s eyes in the 1973 version that tell the biggest story, and one’s eyes just don’t have the same impact onstage. ... There’s nothing awful about this play, er… movie. It’s just that there’s nothing new either. For the life of me, I can’t think why someone would choose to watch this one over the 1973 version."

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Here's a very funny, well-written article I found on Salon.com by Julene Snyder called "Masterpiece" follows her experiences with 
     JCS, Ted and Carl from age 12 up:

      http://www.salon.com/ent/masterpiece/2002/03/19/jc_superstar/index.html

 

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Here's a WONDERFUL article by Mark Goodacre about JCS, which has quite a few complimentary mentions of Ted, entitled:  
      Do You Think You're What They Say You Are?
      Reflections on Jesus Christ Superstar 
 :

     http://www.unomaha.edu/~wwwjrf/jesuscss2.htm

 

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The Playbill Online November 22, 1996 article entitled:  "Ted Neeley's Jesus Holds Off 
     Pandemonium
":

      http://www.playbill.com/news/article/32481.html


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A link to a super JCS review by Sue Goñi (one of our Spanish Tedheads):

     http://www.culturedose.net/review.php?rid=10000670

     Here's what the reviewer (John Nesbit) says about Ted in the movie:

     
I was concerned about Ted Neeley as Jesus. No way was his voice up to Gillan’s (Ian - from Concept album), and his 
       vocal abilities  seemed relatively wimpy. I still feel a bit uncomfortable with the thinness of his voice on a few of the 
      early songs, but I forgive any initial shortcomings for his magnificent rendition on one of the film's key songs, 
     “Gethsemene (I Only Want to Say).”

     This is the song in which Christ wrestles with himself. He asks God to take “the cup of poison” away, and wonders 
     why he must die. It plays fairly straightforward on the album, but with Jewison’s staging and Neeley’s 
     interpretation, there comes a turning point so profound it brings pause every time I see it.

    And Neeley does this near-imperceptibly. Watch him closely when he’s talking about being scared to finish what he started: 
    Neeley does a quick doubletake and states “What you started—I didn’t start it!” His whole attitude changes here, and 
    he ends with a moving resolution.

 

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A link to a very interesting fiction of a Starsky and Hutch story, entitled: "God's Gift To The World",
     featuring Ted and Carl and the Superstar tour, found by our newest Spanish Tedhead:  Sue Dospalitos:

      http://www.skeeter63.org/~bcl/stories/godsgifttotheworld.shtml

 

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Mianne Tripp (mtripprn@hotmail.com), one of our newest Tedheads, has found a VERY INTERESTING interview here:

      http://www.highbeam.com/library/doc0.asp?docid=1P1:91054536&refid=hbr_flinks

     done with Lynn Neary on the Highbeam show "Talk of the Nation" on 2/12/04.  The interviewees include, among 
     others, Norman Jewison.  The interview is VERY LENGTHY, and I will not post it all here.  There are a few parts 
     mentioning Ted, which I have posted below.  You can buy the entire interview at the link above:

    EXCERPT I:

NEARY: We've been talking about the fact that the various images of Jesus have emerged over time as sort of both products and reflections of the times that these images are created in. What do you think the Jesus of "Jesus Christ Superstar" said about the time in which that film was being made? How did it reflect that time? What did it say about that time?

Mr. JEWISON: Well, I think it captured the imagination of millions of people all over the world. I think of all the films I've made it probably had the most--the strongest reaction, especially in Latin America and certain strongly Catholic countries. I think the film, because it was a musical and because it was a very strong, strong score and extremely popular throughout the world--I think it carried with it a kind of a modern identification for Jesus, for the character. I think Christ, the character played by--Ted Neeley was the actor, and for the rest of his life, Ted Neeley has played this role, in a way. He has literally become that character and has, I think, performed in the stage version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" almost continually for the past 30 years or so. I

It's very strange. I think it was young--I think Ted Neeley was very attractive and very--he was a rock star. And this kind of interpretation of the young, dynamic, angry at times character--because, you know, he was anti-weapons, he was anti-guns, he was anti-money. He was--there was enormous scenes where he was smashing everything from American Express cards to travel posters simply because of the materialism of the secular world, almost.

NEARY: He was very much a product of the '70s.

Mr. JEWISON: Yeah.

NEARY: Yeah.

Mr. JEWISON: And it's such a young person's--you know, you must remember Tim Rice was only 25, 26 years old when he wrote this.

NEARY: Right.

Mr. JEWISON: I mean, they were young men. And they defended it brilliantly. I went to many debates. The archbishop of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, he had a tremendous debate with a representative from the Anti-Defamation League in New York. And it was really astounding, the amount of controversy that eventually started to rise up in such a way that the film was not nominated for an Academy Award and all of those things. And it won awards all over the world.


 EXCERPT II:

NEARY: Producer, director and writer Norman Jewison is a veteran of many films, including the 1973 film "Jesus Christ Superstar." His latest movie is called "The Statement." He joined us from his home in Los Angeles. We are talking about Jesus as an American icon. If you'd like to give us a call, the number is 1 (800) 989-8255. And I wanted to ask you now, regarding "Jesus Christ Superstar," you say in your book, Richard Wightman Fox, that it was at that moment that Jesus became part of the sort of celebrity culture of America.

 Mr. FOX: I think I would've told Norman Jewison this if I'd had a chance. I just think his film is magnificent in this particular way, that it does a new job on celebrity itself. It helps us as Americans understand what celebrity is because he gives us in Ted Neeley's Jesus a Christ who is actually destroyed by his own celebrity. So we get, in a sense, a depiction of the downside of fame. This Jesus is destroyed by his own followers in a sense. The crowd more or less consumes this Jesus and he's driven to a kind of despair by the very popularity he engenders. And the Gethsemane scene in "Jesus Christ Superstar" is, in my mind, the greatest Gethsemane scene we've ever had on film because it's this wrenching anguish on the part of Ted Neeley trying to understand how he can possibly take another step forward in life, given the forces that have conspired...


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Courtesy again of Linda, just to give everyone something great to look at, here are two interesting finds: the new UK cover of the VHS JCS:


PRETTY NICE, ISN'T IT?


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These last 2 masterpieces that Maribel sent have got to rank as my all-time favorite shots of Ted from the JCS film.  I've tried to get this image on film for years, unsuccessfully, I might add.  I've asked Maribel to see if she can get this shot off the regular VHS, as widescreen cuts off a lot of heads (my one pet peeve with that particular version of JCS - or any other film, for that matter), but here are the gorgeous shots she did send me now:

 

 




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