May 17, 2017

The ratings success of live musicals on TV, such as “The Sound of Music” and “Grease,” has led to more being planned over the next year, including “Bye Bye Birdie,” “A Christmas Story,” “Rent” and “Jesus Christ, Superstar,” which NBC plans to run as an Easter special. “Jesus Christ Superstar” has an undeniably great musical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but it has long been controversial among people of faith. Jews have complained that it depicts them as the villains, while Christians have protested that the script is blasphemous. It depicts Jesus’ last days and Crucifixion from the sympathetic viewpoint of Judas, puts words into Jesus’ mouth that He never said, and depicts him not as Divine but, as librettist Tim Rice put it, “simply the right man at the right time at the right place.”

In choosing that as their big Easter event, I can’t help wondering if NBC executives are out of touch with the Christian audience or so unfamiliar with the Bible that it simply never occurred to them that anyone would find that objectionable.

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  • Linda Jones Friedel

    06/22/2017 08:03 PM

    I disagree that this film is wrong. OK, it isn't quite biblicly correct, BUT, it just might put a seed of curiosity in an unsaved person watching, and hopefully that seed will be watered by Gods Word and grow.

    God uses many different ways to reach people.

  • Ricci Henry

    06/19/2017 08:48 PM

    Don't think TV execs care what the people think. It's not about TV for them. It's about how their father satin hates Jesus so so do they. Jesus said they hated Him so they will hate you too. It makes me nervous when I see Hollywood attempt to frame the Gospel in shows or movies. If they can frame a false Gospel to trick the people then they have won. Christians need to reject any efforts by Hollywood to make religious film.

  • Randy Knupp

    05/18/2017 08:08 AM

    I used to like Jesus Christ superstar until i gave my heart to Jesus and got born again. Wow, my eyes were opened to the truth about this musical. This is very blasphemous. Jesus did not have an affair with Mary Magdeline. What Bible were these people reading?