‘Christ! I know you can’t hear me But I only did what you wanted me to’
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ becomes with an idea by Tim Rice. When he was a teenage he thought that it would be a great idea to explore the story of Jesus Christ according to Judas Iscariot point of view. He explained his idea to Andrew Lloyd Webber and together they worked to create the songs, before the stage adaptation.
Tim Rice, as a writer, wanted to explore the personality of Judas Iscariot, one of the most iconic characters in literature. And I personally think is a very interesting subject. He is known as a traitor, because of him Jesus was crucified. But did he know about his action? Was he aware of the consequences? Why he did that?
In ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, you explore the reasons. Judas betrays Jesus for some reasons, as you can understand watching the show. And then he feels bad about it, because he realises that he was wrong and he will always be remembered as a traitor.
I think it’s a great idea to create a show about Judas, with his point of view. I find it very interesting and powerful. You can see how the character is changing in the story, through many states and sensations: disappointment, frustration, guiltiness, remorse and sadness. It’s easy to understand him, to feel the way he does, and enjoy with him one of my favourite songs in musicals: ‘Superstar’.