Music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Conducted by Andre Previn.
Principal cast includes: Ted Neely (Jesus Christ); Carl Anderson (Judas Iscariot); Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene); Joshua Mostel (King Herod).
Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Lyricist: Tim Rice.
Unsurprisingly, the first rock opera about the Messiah caused the mother of all religion-based controversies on its 1970 release. JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (the original album was released before its theatrical production, and featured Deep Purple's Ian Gillan in the title role), is based on a loose, often anachronistic interpretation of the last week of Jesus' life. The fact that its music sounded dated even at the time didn't stop it spawning several hits, notably the title track and the Mary Magdalene lament, "I Don't Know How to Love Him."