In cross-examination by Mr J.W Smyth QC (for the plaintiffs), Sister Muirhead said she received a telegram on August 11, 1971, from Mr Jack Argent, managing director of Leeds Music, Sydney.
She said Mr Argent did not agree to multiple concerts of “Jesus Christ, Superstar” and that the telegram contradicted previous arrangements made with the music company.
Mr Justice Helsham: Did you have any doubt that you had permission to stage this performance?
Sister Muirhead: Yes. We had a doubt when the telegram came.
She said that on August 20, a letter from Mr Miller to Loreto said he could not under any circumstances allow the Convent to persist with plans for a performance of any kind of “Jesus Christ, Superstar.”
Sister Muirhead told the court she acknowledged the letter but did not think it had any binding force on her because it came from Mr Miller, with whom she had no contact.
She said she assured Mr Miller in her letter that the Convent would not perform the opera under “Jesus Christ, Superstar” but under the name “Superstar.”
Sister Muirhead had hoped this would be a conciliatory measure.