Was ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ anti-Semitic?

Source: Religion News Service

John Legend, as Jesus, is carried during a dress rehearsal scene from NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC

(RNS) — How did you like the Passion play?

Because, in one sense, that’s exactly what we saw on Sunday night’s (April 1) television production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Oh, yes, of course: The music was great, and it has held up over the decades.

John Legend as Jesus was memorable, though it was Alice Cooper, as Herod, who stole the show.

But, for me, the production crashed as soon as the high priest Caiaphas, the other priests, and the Pharisees made their first appearance.

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