Jesus Christ Superstar Essay

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In this review of the original Broadway show, Barnes appraises the musical merits of Jesus Christ Superstar, stating that the show had "the best score for an English musical in years."

Nothing could convince me that any show that has sold two-and-one-half million copies of its album before the opening night is anything like all bad. But I must also confess to experiencing some disappointment [with] ' 'Jesus Christ Superstar." ...

It all rather resembled one's first sight of the Empire State Building. Not at all uninteresting, but somewhat unsurprising and of minimal artistic value....

Mr. Rice's intention was clearly to place Christ's betrayal and death into a vernacular more immediate perhaps to our times. His record sales would presumably indicate his success in this aim, but he does not have a very happy ear for the English language. There is a certain air of dogged doggerel about his...

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