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Godspell (1971)
Stephen Nathan In striped bell bottoms and clown makeup, Nathan established the durable image of Jesus as a happy hippie. He ended up in a scattering of small-screen work, then shifted to work in TV production. Photo: ” Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations

Corpus Christi (1998)
Anson Mount In Terrence McNally’s award-winning play about a gay modern-day Jesus who marries two apostles to one another, Mount received good notices; since then, he’s done mostly film and TV, as well as Classic Stage Company’s recent Three Sisters. Photo: Joan Marcus

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005)
John Ortiz Ortiz, coming off his run in Anna in the Tropics, made an intense cameo in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s courtroom seriocomedy. Probably the most successful Savior: He’s co-artistic director of the LAByrinth Theater Company. Photo: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times/Redux

Passion Play (2010)
Hale Appleman Meta-Jesus: Appleman played actors from three different eras in the Easter spectacle’s lead role, to good reviews, in a small Brooklyn production pegged to Ruhl’s Broadway debut with In the Next Room. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Godspell (2011)
Hunter Parrish The actor best known for his role on Weeds starred in Spring Awakening before it closed, but this is his first time opening a show. Can Parrish break the streak? Photo: Jeremy Daniel

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