It’s a good thing that Broadway decided to make a musical about Jesus Christ long before the adaptation explosion of the early 2000s when every movie and pop culture figure started getting the musical treatment. If the Great White Way hadn’t tackled Jesus’ story back in the 1970s, we might now be seeing something way over the top and goofy with titles like “Christ!” on the marquee. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar works because it takes a long, unflinching look at the psy-chological motivations behind Jesus Chris and his followers and applies them to some very human qualities and feelings like doubt, fear and uncertainty. The music and ver-nacular make it accessible to the time in which it debuted but the qualities and deep explorations of these figures make it interesting whether you’re a devout follower of the religions that his teaching spawned or a hardcore atheist with an honest interest in the machinations and philosophies of any religion. The Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) will screen the 1973 film adaptation of the Broadway musical featuring a live appearance and Q&A with the film’s star Ted Neeley at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14th. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the box office or online at thetexastheatre.com.
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