ASCENSION THE MUSICAL
THE FINAL FORTY DAYS
This is the story of the final forty days that Jesus Christ spent on earth.
The rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” presented Christ as a man only, and so it ended with the words “it is finished” on the cross.
“Ascension the Musical” recognizes Jesus Christ as God, and therefore covers the events of the next forty days He spent on earth between the Crucifixion and His ultimate Ascension.
A stage script and a screenplay are available for perusal. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All songs stream on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and YouTube under the artist name “Ascension the Musical Cast”
JESUS THE MAN
As a human being, Jesus was adored by those who interacted with him on a daily basis. Three people in particular loved him deeply: To his mother, Mary, he was her little boy, whom she had nurtured and protected through his youth; To Mary Magdalene, he was a caring, young preacher-man who had rescued her from a life of debilitating afflictions and guided her to a purer life; and to John, he was the closest, and truest of friends, to which John would attest throughout his long life.
JESUS THE GOD
Even though his two closest disciples had observed for themselves that Jesus’s body was missing from the burial tomb, they still could not initially believe that Mary Magdalene had actually seen him alive. Their disbelief was partly allayed once he appeared directly before them, but the inconceivability of how a dead man was able to resurrect, would have created confusion over who Jesus actually was; Man, Messiah or God. This uncertainty persisted to a greater or lesser degree among the disciples throughout the ensuing forty days, even though he continually preached to convince them that he truly was God on earth.
Only when he actually ascended into the heavens right before their very eyes, did they all come to accept that Jesus truly was God.
CREATING THE MUSICAL
In early 2020, we recorded the Concept Album in studio in South Africa, just beating the Covid lock-downs.
On return from South Africa, given the near dormant state of the global theatre industry, I elected to develop a screenplay as an alternative to the stage script. The screenplay (set in about 60 AD), builds on the stage script, and adds an element of narration by an unknown apostle as he describes the events of the weeks following Jesus’s crucifixion to an unknown old woman while he is desperately trying to complete the writing of his gospel. He is on the run and under continued threat for his life. Groups of deadly pursuers with different political and religious agenda’s are intent on preventing the recording of the events in Palestine surrounding the life of Jesus Christ.