Jesus Christ Superstar Canceled in Russia After Religious Outcry

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The single performance was supposed to take place November 1 in Omsk.
A scene from the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
A scene from the original Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Martha Swope / The New York Public Library

A Russian tour of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will not go on as planned November 1 in the Russian city of Omsk, after a pro-Kremlin political group calling itself “Family, Love, and Fatherland” filed a complaint that the musical mocked religious faith.

Amnesty International called it “an affront to freedom of expression and the latest example of interference in Russian cultural life by nationalist ‘activists.’”

“Family, Love, and Fatherland” said that “even the name of the opera is a mockery of the sacred concepts.”

Jesus Christ Superstar was last revived on Broadway in 2012.

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