A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 25, 1971

WHEN I was a choirboy at St. James' Episcopal Church in New York," says TIME Music Critic Bill Bender, "the last thing I expected to see was a Broadway musical based on the life of Jesus Christ — much less a rock opera." But as Jesus Christ Superstar began its evolution from record album to stage spectacle, Bender recognized its importance early on. Lyricist Tim Rice and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber were putting the finishing touches on Superstar in London when Bender mentioned the imminent debut of the opera in our Jan. 12, 1970...

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