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In 1971, an illegal performance of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar was staged at Gettysburg College. It was the spontaneous project of students, professors and a renegade seminarian. Performance rights were being negotiated, when suddenly legal action was threatened against any group staging the work before its Broadway premiere. The cast and crew put the show on anyway, and many hundreds attended. But the outlaw production drew the college administration and the Lutheran church into controversy. Drawing from original documents, recordings, and interviews with the cast, this book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the production.
Jesus Christ Superstar, Gettysburg College, musical theater, counterculture, radical theater, 1970s
Liberal Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
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McKinney, Devin. Jesusmania!: The Bootleg Superstar of Gettysburg College. Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg College, 2016.
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