At one time I owned four or five different cast recordings.
I committed the show to memory some time in the late 90's.
I'm a fan.
So when I saw that they were doing a live production, I was both elated and worried.
But as the camera panned over the set, my fears were put to rest.
Jesus Christ Superstar started out life as a concept album, which is why it's a sung through musical. It's also an interesting take on the story. (Seriously do I need a spoiler warning? It's from the bible!)
In an interview with Andrew Lloyd Webber he said that the idea came from a line form a Bob Dylan song. "Did Judas Iscariot have God on his side?" The story is seen through the eyes of Judas. So have an excellent is critical. Thankfully, they did... as my tweets attest to:
The whole idea is that Judas was Jesus's right hand man. To quote an article from Esquire:
Jesus Christ Superstar begins, in fact, with a wallop of a song in "Heaven on Their Minds." It's the song in which Judas lays it all out: his fears that Jesus' followers are blinded by his celebrity, the enemies who are zeroing in on him and his disciples, and the worry that his teachings and sermons are too easily manipulated for others' political gain. It sets up the central conflict of the story, but it shows the meaning behind Judas' betrayal—one rooted in his humanity rather than pure villainy. (It's heavy, but take it from me: It's also a banger at karaoke.)It's at the end of his life that he realizes he's just a pawn in God's plan. And that's a TOUGH role.
Now, on to my thoughts:
- Brandon Victor Dixon is a Tony Award winner and AMAZING!! He acted the sh*t out of the role. (Thought the actual death wasn't awesome... but that has GOT to be hard to stage)
- The set was incredible. And I LOVED the updating to a more modern time. (Anyone else catch that the crown of thorns was barbed wire?)
|I mean, come on! this was amazing!|
- I loved how the musicians were involved. The show opened with a guitar and a string quartet!
- John Legend is good.. but his acting wasn't up to the challenge.
- The priests outfits.... Were they in the temple of Krypton?
- The sound mixing was off. I hope they can release a video with better sound mixing.
I was in tears for most of the show, overwhelmed by how well the show that I love was lovingly put on. Seriously. If they play it again, go watch it.