Pope Francis fangirls over ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ showing
Pope Francis was spotted this month at a performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Rome, sources told Page Six, at the Teatro Sistina.
A musical historian told us of the significance of the papal visit to the storied 1970s Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical: “Dating back to its very first public performance, a small but vocal contingent have slammed ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ as blasphemous … the show was even briefly banned by BBC as ‘sacrilegious’ in Webber’s native England.”
Earlier this year, NBC staged a widely praised live version of the show with John Legend playing Christ.
But a source said nevertheless, “It seems that nothing short of a papal blessing would quiet the naysayers!”
We hear that the pope “loved the show so much, he stuck around afterward to give a proper blessing to star Ted Neely and the entire cast.”
Neely starred in the 1973 film version of the musical.
He tweeted earlier this month: “#JesusChristSuperstar meets the Pope! I’m forever grateful for this blessed experience!”
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