Nuggets from the gospel of ``Jesus Christ Superstar'':

January 31, 1994|By Steve McKerrow

The rock opera opened on Broadway on Oct. 12, 1971, and ran for 711 performances.

It was not the first Bible-based collaboration by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. They earlier had success with "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical that is also currently on a national revival tour, starring Donnie Osmond.

A cast recording album of "Superstar" came out shortly before the play opened. And even earlier, in December 1969, a 45-rpm single recording of the title song had been released to help promote the forthcoming show.

Early reports about the album put John Lennon singing the role of Jesus and wife Yoko Ono performing Mary Magdalene. But producers dropped the idea, fearing the pop stars' prominence would overshadow the music.

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