Monday, October 1, 2012

"Jesus Christ Superstar" Production Dropped in Rostov

A theater in the southern Russian city of Rostov dropped a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, an Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera, after protests by Orthodox Christians. Protesters had complained that the opera projected the "wrong" image of Christ. Citing a "new law protecting the rights of believers", protesters  described the musical as a "profanation" and said any such production should be submitted to the Russian Orthodox Church for approval. The award-winning rock opera made its Broadway debut in 1971 and has since been performed across the world, with several film versions produced. Russian theatres have been staging it for more than two decades.

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