Thursday, April 25, 2024

Is God Dead On Broadway? All Three Religious Themed Musicals Closing


God is not having a good run on Broadway. It’s just been announced that within weeks of each of other, the three Broadway musicals with religious themes are shutting down for lack of business. “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Godspell,” and “Sister Act,” will be gone by the end of the summer. “Jesus Christ Superstar”–which is really a terrific production–will be gone by July 1st if business doesn’t pick up. “Godspell” has to close. Not a great production in the first place, it’s barely staying alive with very low ticket sales. It will close on Sunday after hanging on–shall I say it?– day by day by day. “Sister Act,” based on the Whoopi Goldberg movie, says it’s closing on August 26th when its current star Raven-Symone, is scheduled to leave. It’s a weird coincidence, to say the least. Meanwhile, the most god-less musical of all time, “The Book of Mormon,” is packing them in like never before. On a personal note, I loved this production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” If they really do have to close, then try and get over there and see it. Josh Young is outstanding as Judas and the whole cast is terrific.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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