Looking for something different? Watch some 70s rock musicals for something fun to do. Two favorites of mine which manipulate my emotions and make me get silly are Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) and the 1975 film version of Tommy, by the best-ever-British-Rock-band, The Who.
Both films are funky, hysterical, inspirational with outstanding music. Even if you are that person who hates musicals, really, you ought to check out these two classics. If you have, good for you. Which one do you prefer? Here are two samples.
The lyrics in JCSS by Tim Rice follow the story behind Christ’s last days before his crucifixion, and the modern twist is refreshing. The film is shot in Israel which lends it an authentic edge to the setting and the 70s costumes are a gas. Ted Neeley is J.C. and the high notes he hits in his passionate performance is legendary. The cinematography is interesting with stop action and the interposing of images. The choreography is exuberant. I have always appreciated Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals (minus Cats) as well as the movie versions of his Broadway shows such as Evita (1996) with Madonna and Gerard Butler in Phantom of the Opera (2004).
Maybe you would prefer a more psychedelic story? Who is that deaf, dumb, and blind kid?
The best part about The Who’s rock opera are Pete Townsend’s lyrics and the music. The film version features all the members of The Who as well as an eclectic, talented cast: Elton John, Tina Turner, Ann Margaret, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, and Oliver Reed. What a fun ride. Watching Ann Margaret in her white pant suit swimming in a room full of pork and beans is funny today as it was almost thirty years ago. What’s your favorite scene? Tina as the Acid Queen? Eric Clapton playing the guitar down the church aisle? The Who performing on stage?