Theater as it is known today has its roots back in ancient Greece. The pagan background of this performing art, however, does not mean that there are not plays that are packed with Christian themes and imagery. “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Godspell” both explicitly deal with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat,” on the other hand, has made the Old Testament story of Joseph one of the best known tales in the Bible.
Other plays are filled with Christian themes and imagery even though they are not based on Christian stories. “Les Miserables” is one of the most famous and popular musicals of all time, and it is filled with Christian references. The overarching story is largely one of redemption, selflessness and compassion, all of which are common Christian values. The highest grossing Broadway show of all time, “The Lion King,” also contains Christian themes. The story of Simba’s return to Pride Rock has been compared to both the story of the prodigal son and that of Jesus returning to save His people.