October 12, 1971: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a rock opera with lyrics by Tim Rice  and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber,  premiered on Broadway on 12 October 1971, and  closed on June 30, 1973 after 711 performances. It opened in London’s West End  in 1972, where it ran for eight years, becoming the U K’s longest-running musical at the time.

J.C.S. is a two-act  musical, which gave opera a radical change through its use of vibrant rock music for a solemn topic. Webber and Rice created a new kind of Jesus, a prophet / rock star whose appeal  derives both from the crowd’s energy and from his inspirational message  of love and acceptance

The musical is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for his  arrival in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus, struggles that are not in the Bible, which depict Judas  as a tragic figure

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