Friday, March 23, 2012

Jesus Christ Superstar Opens on Broadway

The Broadway revival of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, one of two of the composer's shows being revived on Broadway this year, and the reviews are in. Directed by Des McAnuff, the show has been described as "a glitzy depiction of the most influential execution in world history." Charles Isherwood, who reviewed the show for the New York Times, said that if that description and production style "doesn't strike you as remotely absurd, Mr. McAnuff Jesus Christ Superstar may just be the right musical for you," continuing to describe "the two hours' busy traffic" of Mr. McAnuff's staging as brisk and lucid.

The strongest part of this production seems to be Josh Young, whose performance as Judas Iscariot has received strong notices -- he is definitely in the running for a Tony nomination. The music itself has also gotten some strong notices -- "Vocally [the show] is impressive. Mr. Young's voice is rangy, powerful, and pure. Ms. Kennedy [as Mary Magdalene] performs her solo ... with a graceful simplicity. Mr. Nolan [as Jesus] manages the murderous tessitura of the climactic "Gethsemane" number with impressive aplomb," continues Mr. Isherwood. On the other hand, Isherwood complained about the score being rather cringe-worthy on its own merits.

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