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Jesus Christ Superstar
Question from Danielle Truskowski on 1/4/2002:

What is the Catholic Church's stance on the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar"?

Answer by Bill Bilton on 1/8/2002:

This review appears on the web site of the USCCB...

Jesus Christ Superstar -- Screen version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical adds a completely new dimension and drive to the music by virture of a cinematography that enhances the original songs but also threatens to overwhelm them. Director Norman Jewison presents a visual recording, with optical embellishment, of a performance of the rock opera based on the last days of Christ's life on earth, ending in his crucifixion. Entertaining as musical theater, it can also be seen as a sincere if naive effort to tell the story of Jesus in contemporary musical and ethical terms. Some scenes require a mature perspective. A-III (G) ( 1973 )

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