“i will drink your cup of poison” (Ted Neeley at 64, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Rice & Webber)

Video used here for review purposes under the promotional terms of use of the clip, uploaded in youtube by WJvanEden The original rock singer and actor who played Jesus Christ in the Rice-and-Webber musicale “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1973 has been reprising the role on Broadway for decades, year after year. Here he is, Ted Neeley at 64 years old (shot four years ago), in the Gethsemane scene, his voice deeper and raspier, singing onstage through a wireless tiny headset microphone and blowing the crowd away, unequalled by the company half- his- age that he keeps,

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his fellow actors welling in tears as they watch his aria… “…if there is a way…..take this cup away from me…” 

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