Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar admittedly is one of my very, very, very, very favorite musicals, and this is a terrific rendition of it. It’s just under two hours, it’s two hours with a 15 minute intermission, and the first act is pared down and sped up; you just go through it. There are no scene changes, which helps, and it’s done on a very spare stage. It starts off with a scroll that says the year and then goes backwards, and the scroll did most of the scene setting. So it’s very black and white, very austere as I said, pared down and sped up. The second act is a little bit more, lavish isn’t exactly the word, except I guess if you were to compare it to the first act. Thank goodness, because one of everybody’s favorite numbers, Harod’s song, is still pretty flashy, and the trial and the 39 lashes are pretty graphic. The crucifixion is both dramatic, touching and over the top. This is just a terrific production and one of the best things about it is that you can understand every word of the lyrics. When’s the last time you’ve been to a musical where you could understand every word? And as someone around me said, this is like a chess game, you can see everyone’s motivation in this one. So if you love Jesus Christ Superstar like I do, I think you’ll really get a kick out of this one. I’m going to deduct half a point, because I think that the woman who played Mary Magdalene was too young, Chilina Kennedy. She has a perfectly acceptable voice, but she’s too young, she’s too modern looking, and she looks like she’s dressed for the prom as opposed to everybody else, so half a point off for that. So four and a half stars.