March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera that rocks out until suddenly, late in Act II, Herod arrives and sings a bright little 1920s pastiche that takes a sinister turn in the last verses. It’s always stuck out like a sore thumb, perhaps intentionally, but it isn’t until more recent productions when the song was given a grungy makeover that it worked well in the context of the show. The newer orchestrations, while still sporting the influence of the pastiche, make the song feel more like an organic part of a greater whole.
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