The NBC staging does a better job than most in demonstrating his charisma, with John Legend exuding cool while his followers jump around as if possessed by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is both the Son of God incarnate and yet a human being wrestling with his fate. The answer is anything but clear. Is Judas necessary? I see the argument, but really? Jesus had no impact unless he appeared in the flesh in public, and surely the Romans had enough spies to go running to the local centurion to start the flogging.
But in the musical, Judas is an essential voice of caution and even conservatism. And thankfully, Andrew Lloyd Webber is up to the challenge here.
I even filled in with a couple of chords when the keyboard failed for the playful All for the Best. Judas enters calmly, drifting into G major but returning to that D minor with the Eb, all while multiple guitarists create a swirl of chaos.
Anderson was The Man. Dixon is … also The Man. And to me, that drives home a central theme of this song and the work as a whole, and it just happens to be a timely theme. Listen Jesus, do you care for your race? Don't you see, we must keep in our place? We are occupied Have you forgotten how put down we are?
I am frightened by the crowd For we are getting much too loud And they'll crush us if we go too far If we go too far Listen Jesus to the warning I give Please remember that I want us to live But it's sad to see our chances weakening with every hour All your followers are blind Too much heaven on their mind It was beautiful but now it's sour.
At last all too well I can see where we all soon will be. If you strip away The myth from the man, You will see where we all soon will be. You've started to believe The things they say of you. You really do believe This talk of God is true.
And all the good you've done Will soon get swept away. You've begun to matter more Than the things you say. Listen Jesus I don't like what I see. All I ask is that you listen to me. And remember, I've been your right hand man all along. You have set them all on fire. They think they've found the new Messiah. And they'll hurt you when they find they're wrong. I remember when this whole thing began.
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