The Story of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is Tim Rice's interpretation of the last week of the life of Christ. He explains that his goal was to make the characters as humanly relatable as possible, in both how they related to each other and with the audience. The live production and later the movie have been protested since the very beginning, and even 40 years later people still show up with signs to picket. In our interview with Ted Neeley
, who portrayed Christ in some of the stage versions and in the movie, he said that he used to invite picketers to come and watch the show, and says they would ultimately change their minds about it after having opened them enough to see the production for what it was: human beings portraying other human beings, telling a story, but certainly not
people claiming to actually be Christ or Judas incarnate.
The story is told from the point of view of Judas, through his love of Christ, and was written to show his conflict and perhaps the reasons he felt he needed to do what he did, which was betray Christ and give him up to the Romans for arrest and ultimately crucifixion and death.