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Jesus Christ, Superstar 


Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through March 13 2013; $79-$127
212-307-4100

Jesus isn't very likable in this revival of the 1969 rock opera. Mopey, angsty and irascible, he comes across as a crazy death-cultist, consumed with mysticism and unwilling to engage in the political upheaval around him. Judas, on the other hand, is the surrogate for a secular liberal audience: a disbeliever in miracles, a passionate advocate for the poor, a proto-Occupier. Superstar's theatrical coup was to position The Traitor as the tragic hero of the Gospels, humanizing history's most inhuman figure.

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