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


Broadway smash musicals a major theme in Playhouse's 2015-16 schedule

By Bob Fischbach / World-Herald staff writer

Four musicals familiar to many Omaha theatergoers and four plays slated for regional premieres highlight the Omaha Community Playhouse’s 2015-16 season. Season tickets go on sale today. Read Article


Review: A musical for the working man — why not?

By Bob Fischbach World-Herald staff writer

It’s an ode to the working man — the have-nots — and their struggle not only to survive but to reach for the American dream.

“Hands on a Hardbody,” which opened Friday at the Omaha Community Playhouse, centers on a down-on-its-luck Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas. Economic times are hard. Ten people are determined to win a shiny red pickup truck, and whoever can manage to keep one hand on the truck the longest will drive away in it.
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