There are people all over the world who marvel at the idea of attending a Broadway play. While this is supposed to be a sign of culture and refinement, there are some shows that have caused quite a bit of controversy. Here are three Broadway shows that still have tongues wagging.
In 1926, actress Mae West, who was using the name Jane Mast at the time, penned a play called Sex. This was a play about a prostitute that lived in Montreal. The New York Times panned the play and described it as being “poorly acted” and “cheaply produced.” Even so, people loved it and continued to buy tickets. At one point, there was a raid during one of the showings and the entire cast was arrested!
The Children’s Hour
This is a play about two teachers that were falsely accused of being lesbians. At the time the show was released, it was against the law to discuss homosexuality on stage. The show was raved about, so no one was placed in trouble. With that said, there were several places around the nation that refused to allow the play to be shown.
Jesus Christ Superstar
This rock opera is well-loved by fans all over the globe, but religious leaders did not like this show at all. The fact that Jesus was depicted as a human led them to believe that the play was nothing short of blasphemous. There were protests done on many nights when the show was scheduled
Most Broadway plays are loved all over the world, yet sometimes people have a problem with them and controversy arises. Whether it is because of a risque topic or the idea that someone is poking fun at religion, it’s amazing how people can have very different views of the same show.