March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
“This Jesus Must Die”, from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar, is a creepy little song sung by creepy little men with voices on extreme opposites of the male vocal range. The choice works perfectly to dramatise the moment in which Jesus’ fate is sealed. What also makes sense in a powerful way are the political reasons why Jesus was to be killed. The Bible is very clear on the spiritual reasons, so the shift in perspective is welcome. It’s perhaps not the type of song one ‘enjoys’, but it works like gangbusters in the context of the show.
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