Superstar 2018

Easter Sunday night saw a live performance on television of one of first rock operas, Jesus Christ Superstar; this is an early work by the famous composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber (who is a great supporter of the Church of England, by the way.)

Any occasion when the life of Jesus is addressed by pop culture is noteworthy. This production with singer John Legend and other notables was lavish and moving.

NBC promoted the performance for weeks and Legend appeared on various talk shows. It was interesting that in all the publicity, little was said about the subject of the opera, Jesus Christ.

Fortunately, in this case, the story of Jesus speaks for itself. I especially liked the ending when, after the signature song was brilliantly performed, the crucified Christ ascends into a dazzling light. Just perfect for Easter. —J. Douglas Ousley

 

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