March 2012 at Musical Cyberspace is all about songs with people’s names in the title.
More than four decades since Jesus Christ Superstar first debuted, the line ‘Someone Christ, King of the Jews’ from “Pilate and Christ” still jars. It’s very clear at this point of the narrative that Jesus is nothing if not big news and that his name is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. It doesn’t even work as a mockery of Christ by a Judean soldier and governer: a rather shaky dramaturgical choice, then. Overall, though, the song is better: even here we see Pilate trying to wash his hand of the burden of being Christ’s killer, offering the actor a nice piece of character development despite his few short scenes.
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