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Emmys 2018: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar: Live’ could break the awards curse of this landmark musical

When “Jesus Christ Superstar” first debuted as a concept album in 1970, it was considered so sacrilegious by some that it was banned by the BBC.Fast-forward 48 years, and attitudes have certainly changed as a concert production was shown on Easter Sunday by NBC. “Jesus Christ Superstar: Live” scored 13 Emmy nominations and is the overwhelming favorite to win Best Variety Special Live, overshadowing the Oscar and Grammy telecasts.

History could also be made for its original creators, composers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. An Emmy win would allow them both to join the elite Egot club of 12 that have won the big-four showbiz prizes: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. But just as the talents behind this retelling of Jesus’ last days through the eyes of his disciple Judas have waited for the full recognition of their Bible-inspired rock opera, “Superstar” itself and its iconic characters has been long overdue for

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