Jesus Christ Superstar - Act 1, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 3 Summary

The group is at Bethany, 50 miles from Jerusalem, on a Friday night six days before the Jewish celebration of Passover. The disciples enter, all males of various races and most with spiked or dyed hair, followed by Mary Magdalene and other women. She is an attractive African American woman wearing a red slinky full length dress with black net sleeves. She massages Jesus' shoulders, and dancers continually climb up and down the hand-holds on the pillars. They want to know when they ride into Jerusalem and when the revolution starts.

Act 1, Scene 3 Analysis

He selected male disciples because men were the authority figures during his lifetime, and all of the disciples would have been Jewish in appearance. The racial mixture of the rock opera was updated by the writers to be politically correct for the 1960's. The portrayal of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute is...

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