Jesus Christ Superstar Analysis

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The influence of rock into the Broadway industry started in the 1960´s. As a common agreement, Hair (1967), composed by James Rado and lyricized by Gerome Ragi, is the first show considered as a “Rock Musical.” In this show, the rock songs provided a context of liberal thoughts raised during that time. Thus, the rock reflects a freedom attitude from traditional perceptions. However, it is remarkable to point that the use of rock in Broadway Musicals had several purposes.

The show Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), which is based on the stories of Jesus written in the Gospels, exemplifies how the rock could be used to attract to new spectators to Broadway Shows. This show composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricized by Tim Rice was an attempt

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