Jeff Fenholt, the first interpreter of the Messiah in the famous musical comedy Jesus Christ Supersta r , created in 1971 to Broadway, died Tuesday, September 10, at the age of 67 years. This singer with the mysterious aura, guided by an authentic christian faith, became in the course of his life a fervent evangelist. His collaboration, real or supposed, to the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, has been the subject of controversy in the United States.
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His interpretation of Jesus Christ in the room of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in the early 1970s has been a real phenomenon of society. Time Magazine one of the most influential american newspapers, it will devote the same coverage.
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Jeffrey Craig Fenholt was born on 15 September 1950. As a teenager, he developed a passion for rock. He obtained a first success is estimated to be 14 years old with the title Goin’ Too Far which re-enters the Top 40 in the United States. It has a little more than twenty years, in 1971, when the department of Theatre Mark Hellinger him to play the Messiah in Jesus Christ Superstar. The success will be phenomenal: 12 million albums sold, more than 700 performances, a triumphant tour of North America to the side of Carl Anderson in the role of Judas and Yvonne Elliman as in that of Mary Magdalene.
This incarnation of Jesus, the role of his life, will influence his personal life. Guided by a faith that is almost mystical he becomes an evangelist. The mystery of his membership in the heavy metal band Black Sabbath will cover the chronic in the United States in the mid-1980s. A collaboration of hypothetical or real to the smell of sulphur that sums up the personality as exciting as ambiguous as the first interpreter of the historical musical comedy Jesus Christ Superstar .
● Some images of the musical comedy Jesus Christ Superstar with Jeff Fenholt