Jesus Christ Superstar Criticism

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Jesus Christ Superstar was the first Broadway musical to have begun its life as a record. The single record of Judas's song "Superstar," released in 1970, at first drew little notice from the listeners of the underground rock stations that played it, but over the next few months the song gained attention in the United States, if not in Great Britain, where it was produced. One form of this attention was pure outrage, for the song, especially when taken out of the context of the play, seemed to many religious listeners blasphemous when it asked "Jesus Christ, Superstar, do you think you're what they say you are?" Although it finally received a good response, it never rose above the top 80s in the Billboard listing. Nevertheless, the single record sold over 100,000 copies by May, 1970. Based on this success, Rice and Webber recorded the full rock opera and packaged it...

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