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Music!Hero_header_cell_0_1_0 Eddie DeGarmo

Bob Farrell!Hero_cell_0_1_1

Basis!Hero_header_cell_0_2_0 The Gospel Story!Hero_cell_0_2_1

!HERO is a 2003 Christian rock opera about Jesus. !Hero_sentence_0

It is based on the question, "What if Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania?". !Hero_sentence_1

After the original tour in 2003 ended, it was released on DVD, CD, and was written into a trilogy of novels and series of comic books. !Hero_sentence_2

Plot !Hero_section_0

!HERO is a rock opera modernizing Jesus's last two years of life, as narrated in the Bible. !Hero_sentence_3

The story takes place in New York City, in Brooklyn. !Hero_sentence_4

The world government in this near-future dystopic Earth is centered under the International Confederation of Nations (ICON). !Hero_sentence_5

Under the iron fist of I.C.O.N., nearly all religion in the world has been wiped out, except for small occult and mystic sects. !Hero_sentence_6

Only one synagogue in Brooklyn exists. !Hero_sentence_7

Currently, New York City is a police-occupied warzone between ethnic gangs and small, isolated revolutionary groups fighting I.C.O.N. !Hero_sentence_8

Of all the ancient world religions, only Judaism survives and flourishes, at least, as much as it can. !Hero_sentence_9

In Bethlehem, PA, a child named Jesus, but referred to as HERO, is born and forced to flee with his family to the small Jewish section of Brooklyn. !Hero_sentence_10

Jesus grows up and begins to preach and teach the principles of Christianity to the people of New York City, teaching people to love their enemies and care for each other. !Hero_sentence_11

I.C.O.N. !Hero_sentence_12

realizes HERO is a threat, and the Chief of police Devlin (a derivative of the Devil or Satan), with the help of chief Rabbi Kai (Caiaphas), conspire to end HERO's revolutionary teachings. !Hero_sentence_13

The Opera is narrated by "Agent Hunter", a former I.C.O.N. !Hero_sentence_14

agent who met HERO and was soon thrown into prison for joining him against I.C.O.N. !Hero_sentence_15

The opera also features Petrov (Peter), Maggie (Mary Magdalene), and Jude (Judas Iscariot) the latter who conspires with Kai and Devlin to betray HERO. !Hero_sentence_16

The storyline progresses through several stories about Jesus' miracles and sermons, using references from the Bible's four gospels, continues through Jesus' execution, at the hands of I.C.O.N's angry mob, and eventually ending with his resurrection. !Hero_sentence_17

Recording cast !Hero_section_1

Song list !Hero_section_2

See also: !Hero (album) !Hero_sentence_18

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/!Hero.