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Part two

Discuss the following before you listen.

You will hear an interview with Tim Rice, who wrote the lyrics for

Part one

The writer

Jesus Christ Superstar. It was first performed in the 1970s, but hasn’t been performed many times since. Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music.

a) What are some of the main events in the life of Jesus Christ?

Who were some of the main characters in his life?

b) Why do you think Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber chose to

write a musical about Jesus Christ?

c) Name some famous people that you would call 'superstars'.

Why do you think Rice and Lloyd Webber called Jesus Christ a 'superstar'?

d) Why do you think some people protested about the musical?

2. Listen to the first part. What does Tim Rice say about the questions in 1 above?

3. Are these sentences true or false? Correct the false ones.

a) There haven't been many versions of the story of Jesus. b) At first they wanted to write about Judas Iscariot.

c) They always knew it would be a success.

d) The record was an immediate success in America.

e) He saw a baby being christened with the name Jesus Christ Superstar.

The actor

The interviewer next talks to Paul Nicholas, the first actor to play the part of Jesus Christ Superstar. What problems might he have had with this role?

a) Why does he think the show was so successful?

b) Why did he find it a strange part to play?

c) When and why did he cry?

d) How and why did his attitude change after a few weeks in the part?

e) What are the two things that make Paul Nicholas and the interviewer laugh?

f) What is the interviewer's final question?

What is Paul's answer?

? 14. Translate the following into Ukrainian:

"I cannot say that I greatly cared for "The Importance of Being Earnest". It amused me, of course; but unless comedy touches me as well as amuses me, it leaves me with a sense of having wasted my evening. I go to the theatre to be moved to laughter, not to be trickled or bustled into it.

I am in a somewhat foolish position concerning a play at the Opera Comique, whither I was bidden this day week. For some reason I was not supplied with a program; so that I never learnt the name of the play. I believe I recognized some of the members of the company – generally a very difficult thing to do in a country where, with a few talented exceptions, every actor is just like every other actor – but they have now faded from my memory. At the end of the second act the play had advanced about as far as an ordinary dramatist would have brought it five minutes after the first rising of the curtain; or, say, as far as Ibsen would have brought it ten years before that event. Taking advantage of the second interval to stroll out into the Strand for a little exercise, I unfortunately forgot all about my business, and actually reached home before it occured to me that I had not seen the end of the play. Under these circumstances it would ill become me to dogmatize on the merits of the work or its performance. I can only offer the management my apologies"

/Bernard Shaw/

?21. Translate into English:

1. В оперному театрі завтра прем’єра нової опери. Говорять, що вона повинна стати великою подією в житті нашого міста. Давай спробуємо дістати квитки біля входу.

2. Вчора ми дивились нову виставу в Театрі комедії. Вистава пройшла з великим успіхом. Головні ролі виконали молоді талановиті актори. Успіху вистави сприяли чудові декорації.

3. Дзвенить другий дзвінок. Йдемо до залу. Де наші місця? В дванадцятому ряду партеру. Я сподіваюсь, нам добре буде видно сцену.

4. Ви бачили нову виставу в театрі комедії? – Так. – Ну і як? – Я мало не вмерла від сміху. По-перше, вистава була за одноіменною п’єсою чудового письменника-драматурга, інтрига була добре продумана, та й склад акторів виявився на висоті.

5. Давай купимо програмку. Цікаво, хто сьогодні грає у виставі? Хотілось би, щоби був перший склад акторів.

6. Як тобі сподобалась вистава ? – Склад виконавців був чудовий. Акторка, яка грала головну жіночу роль, Була особливою.

7. Я б дуже хотіла подивитись нову виставу в драмтеатрі. – Говорять, що на неї важко придбати квитки. – А що, якщо ми спробуємо замовити їх заздалегідь по телœефону? – Хороша думка.


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