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April 14, 2004

For the Wednesday after both the Roman Catholic Easter and Eastern Orthodox Easter celebrations (which, in a rare concordance, fell on the same date this year), it's a program of music from Jesus Christ Superstar.

Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Consumer Watchdog Give Us a Break (1977) Proctor and Bergman How would you like your artificail cup-filler: black or clear?
Heaven on their Minds Jesus Christ Superstar (OC 1971) Ben Vereen The Jesus Christ Superstar album was a hit in the USA but a dud in Britain, which is why the stage version originated on Broadway rather than London's West End. The 1971 - 72 season was a good one for Vereen; after leaving Superstar he opened in Pippin, which ran for over 1900 performances.
Simon Zealotes Jesus Christ Superstar (1969) Ian Gillian, John Gustafson Gillian, at the time, was best known for his work with the rock group Deep Purple (with whom he still performs). He never played Jesus on stage; the original Jesus on Broadway was Jeff Fenholt. Paul Nicholas created the role in London (see below) and Ted Neeley on film. Glenn Carter starred in the 2000 Broadway revival
Everything's Alright Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore (1992) Sarah Brightman, Gary Martin, Bogdan Kominowksi, The Stephen Hill Singers This is originally from Sarah Brightman Sings the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, also from 1992. For some reason the other vocals aren't credited on the re-issue.
I Don't Know How to Love Him Back to Before (1998) Kim Criswell, National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates Criswell writes: "It would seem highly unlikely that I would ever be asked to play Mary Magdalene, but I did indeed play her in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Jesus Christ Superstar in its first incarnation (during the Easter season, of course)."
Gethsemane Jesus Christ Superstar (Revival cast 1992) Paul Nicholas For this London revival, Nicholas reprised the role he played in the original West End production in 1972.
Superstar Jesus Christ Superstar (1969) Murray Head This is how it all started. This recording of "Superstar" was released as a single in 1969, with "John 19:41" as the "B" side.
John 19:41 Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber (1990) Julian Lloyd Webber ('cello), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Barry Wordsworth This is actually a medley of the overture and "John 19:41", the somber postlude which accompanies Jesus' crucifixion and death. For the record, the text of John 19:41 reads (in the original King James version): "Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid." And yes, Julian Lloyd Webber is Sir Andrew's brother and a concert 'cellist of some note.

Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.

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