John Paul II Superstar
June 4, 2010 2:21 AM Subscribe
Pope John Paul II, the musical:
Two priests, two dancers and a team of young actors are bringing John Paul II to the stage this month, with a musical version of the pope's life and work.
The musical - called Non Abbiate Paure (Don't be Afraid)
- maps out the key developments in the life of Karol Wojtyla
, who led the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, through acting, dance, music and singing. The earliest scenes look at his life as a youth in Poland, when he enjoyed a passion for football, languages and acting, followed by the years under Nazi occupation, when he held down a variety of tough labouring jobs. Wojtyla entered a seminary not long after the death of his father, the last surviving member of his immediate family, where be began secretly studying to be a priest.