US actor and singer Ted Neeley (C) takes part in a rehearsal of the show "Jesus Christ Superstar" on April 11, 2014 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
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Ted Neeley, the original lead in "Jesus Christ Superstar", is back four decades on as the son of God in the hit musical in Rome, and hopes Pope Francis will be in the audience.The director of the Italian production, Massimo Romeo Piparo, said Good Friday had been chosen for opening night because "it's an ideal show for Easter because it brings together lay people and Catholics".Piparo said he was honoured to have got Neeley on board for a production which marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the film in Italy.He won his original part as Jesus in the 1971 Broadway show after playing the lead role in a 1969 production of "Hair" -- an irreverent anthem for the revolutionary 1960s -- and says the two musicals are entwined for him.Over the decades, he has done some 5,000 performances as Jesus, with one production which had been tapped to run for three months going on for five years.
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