50 years ago today - Oct 9, 1971

The Deseret News publishes on the front page of the local section a First Presidency statement which condemns the upcoming Salt Lake City performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' as "a profane and sacrilegious attack upon true Christianity." Although the statement advises everyone to oppose this production, an audience fills the Salt Palace to "near capacity" for the musical's only scheduled performance on 12 Oct.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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