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Casting Judas: Interracial Intimacy in Jesus Christ Superstar

Irizarry, Larissa (2019) Casting Judas: Interracial Intimacy in Jesus Christ Superstar. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Jesus Christ Superstar (JCS) by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice first debuted as a staged musical in 1971, and was turned into a film production in 1973. In 2000 Gale Edwards and Nick Morris directed a second film adaptation. On Easter Sunday 2018, JCS, directed by David Levaux and Alex Rudzinki, was broadcasted on NBC as a live musical television special. Each of these three productions incorporates different configurations of interracial intimacy among the characters of Judas, Jesus, and Mary. These different characterizations and configurations of race construction produce differing commentaries on race and interracial relations. Despite the emergent scholarship of critical race theory in theater and film studies, there is surprisingly little literature on the configurations of interracial intimacies in JCS. In this thesis, I draw on critical race theory and gender studies to explore how race inflects representations of intimacy in JCS, focusing on the characterization of Judas across these productions. As I critically compare how Judas relates to Jesus and Mary, I observe how portrayals of intimacy produce implicit racial constructions that reveal repressive subjectivity formation narratives of the Euro-American imaginary.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Irizarry, Larissalai11@pitt.edulai110000-0002-9893-1422
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBloechl, Oliviaolivia.bloechl
Committee MemberCassaro,
Committee MemberWang,
Date: 19 June 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 March 2019
Approval Date: 19 June 2019
Submission Date: 21 March 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 75
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Music
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: musical theater, critical race, Jesus Christ Superstar, interracial
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 18:26
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 18:26


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