We look a lot on State of Belief at the ways religion permeates our politics today, but we also look at how religion influences our culture. The Tony Award-winning musical Book of Mormon has been playing to packed houses since opening night a year ago. But that’s not the only religiously-themed production on Broadway. There are the revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell, the play Leap of Faith, and new musical Sister Act. There are only a limited number of shows on Broadway at any given time, so the number of religiously-themed shows seems noteworthy. Joining us this week to give us a better perspective on religion on Broadway is Robert Viagas, theatre historian, founder of Playbill.com and has 16 books on the performing arts to his name, including The Backstage Guide to Broadway and The Alchemy of Theatre.

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