The Theater: Brechticm Harlem

When the dim lightning of mediocre minds strikes the same place twice, that place is invariably Broadway. Two weeks ago, the first musical ever based on a record album, the less than divine Jesus Christ Superstar, opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Last week the second musical based on an album, Melvin Van Peebles' Aint Supposed to Die a Natural Death, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Catastrophes traditionally come in threes, but let us pray that the real Jesus Christ will spare us that.

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