Theater review: 44-year-old Jesus Christ Superstar still awfully relevant

By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer

It’s a striking juxtaposition: the 1970 music and lyrics of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber paired with the technology and protest mode of contemporary America.

“Jesus Christ Superstar,” which opened Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse for a five-weekend run, pulses with surprising relevance nearly 44 years after it opened on Broadway.
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Once banned, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” now at Playhouse, has withstood turbulent history

By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer

What a difference 44 years have made.

When “Jesus Christ Superstar” exploded onto the cultural scene — first a double album in 1970, then a Broadway musical in October 1971 and a movie in 1973 — the list of objections from the religious community was loud and long.

Many among the faithful found a host of sins in the lyrics and visuals of the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, which is based on the last week of Jesus’ life. Others found its new, irreverent approach to Scripture unsettling. Read Article
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