Thursday, April 17, 2014

Of Course Gonzo Is Judas

Posted by on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

I love the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack. I love the Muppets. It doesn't get much better than this:

Just in time for the upcoming Easter weekend comes Muppet Christ Superstar, an “album” of nine songs from the 1971 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar—with the lead characters recast as Muppets. Kermit plays Jesus, of course, with Gonzo playing his backstabbing friend Judas and Miss Piggy filling the role of Mary Magdalene.

And voicing all those roles is 20-year-old songwriter Christo Graham, the mastermind behind the parody and a drama and film student at Bishop’s University in Quebec.

Graham's Kermit is a little strained—hell, the Kermit voice in the new movies is strained—but this is just about the best Easter present imaginable. Take a listen.

(Deep bows to Scary Tyler Moore for this tip.)


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Reverse Polarity 1
Hahahaha. This is awesome.

I'm old enough that I remember seeing the JC Superstar film back in the 1970s, and have seen a number of bad local productions of the play (best seen while high). I'm also a big Muppets fan. This parody is hilarious.

For those of you under, oh, 30, this is probably lost on you. But for those of us over a certain age that are VERY familiar with the source material, this is fucking brilliant.

Things like this are what make the internet awesome. Thanks Internet! (And thanks Scary Tyler Moore for finding it.)
Posted by Reverse Polarity on April 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM · Report this
I didn't like it. Needs more Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 5
@2 - Sam the Eagle is obviously one of the Pharisees.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 6
@2 - Or maybe one of the Romans. I don't know, it's been so long since I saw the movie, and I was drunk at the time. The point is the Muppets need to make a passion movie and Sam the Eagle is always the establishment.

Rowlf as John the Baptist, I think...
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 7
carl, yes, ted, no. his voice is too tight.
Posted by scary tyler moore on April 17, 2014 at 5:21 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 8
A muppets version of JCS should split Judas into two characters played by Statler and Waldorf, the two old balcony critics.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on April 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
@8 - I don't know... the two old men who constantly criticize Kermit, demand that he prove himself and will never be happy with anything he says or does? All they're missing is the big black hats.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 17, 2014 at 5:39 PM · Report this
@5/6: Sam the Eagle is OBVIOUSLY Caiaphus. @8: No, they need Statler and Waldorf to be Kings Herod. "Kermit, why do you take so long? GET OUT OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!"

And my issue with this is not the concept but the poorly executed Muppet voices. They have decent Muppet voices, but can't SING in them.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM · Report this
How I would cast things:

Main characters
Judas: Fozzie (Fozzie and Kermit are best buddies, as is suggested the relationship between Jesus and Judas in this musical)
Jesus: Kermit (Duh. He's worshipped by others, in charge, but also somewhat overwhelmed by the attention)
Mary Magdalene: Miss Piggie (Loves Kermit, and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" is correct)

Peter: Rizzo the Rat (Selfserving? What???)
Simon Zealotes: Dr. Teeth (Wants Kermit to take things up a notch)
Others: Electric Meyhem

Caiaphus: Sam the Eagle (Head of the establishment)
Annas: Swedish Chef (Who remembers Annas' lines anyways?)
Others: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beeker

Pilate: Pepe the Prawn (Just hilarious)
King Herod: Statler & Waldorf (Basically trolls Jesus demanding a performance and then yelling at him for failing)
Posted by Hanoumatoi on April 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM · Report this
Just :)
Posted by Clayton on April 18, 2014 at 5:59 AM · Report this
listening to #9 (Superstar), lol @1:21
Posted by EricaP on April 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM · Report this
Tracy 14
Amazing. Listening to Jesus Christ Superstar has always been an important part of Holy Week tradition in our fam.
Posted by Tracy on April 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM · Report this

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