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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Good morning crew,

Last Saturday my brother Nino and his wife Marianne took me and my wife downtown to see a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was quite a show.

In case you've never heard of it, which would be surprising, Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. That's the guy who wrote; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera, just to name a few of his more popular efforts.

J.C. Superstar debuted in 1971 and has been in production on and off, in one form or another, ever since. This includes an album, a ton of musical theater including several runs on Broadway, radio and television specials, and a couple film adaptations.

People have heard of this show.

While I have heard much of the music I have never seen the whole thing. So I was looking forward to quite a spectacle, and I wasn't disappointed.

The Lyric Opera is an impressive venue and the production boasts 48 performers and 37 musicians. I don't have to describe the music for you because you've probably already heard a lot of it, like I had, and if you haven't you can find most of it online. But seeing those exuberant dancers and singers bringing all of that moving music to life was captivating to say the least.

I particularly liked the 'Everything's Alright' scene and the 'Simon and the Zealotes' scene.

And who doesn't know the story?

If fact, that was really the only thing that made me a bit uncomfortable about the whole production.

After the show, as 3,500 patrons were jamming themselves bodily into the exits, my sister-in-law asked me how I liked the performance.

"Stunning," I told her, "Really impressive. a little blasphemous, but the music was very moving all the same."

"Blasphemous?" she retorted, "What was blasphemous about it?"

"Well, be honest," I said, "didn't you think it was a tad irreverent to see Jesus crucified and then have everybody sing and dance?

"It was even more uncomfortable when the entire audience got up and applauded afterward."

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbor, told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America.

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