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jeffmiele
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joined:11/6/07
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 2/27/12 at 05:44pm
Up on TDF for a few performances leading up to March 10th.
massofmen
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/04
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 2/27/12 at 06:08pm
if this show doesn't get great reviews, get ready for a quick death.
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Dollypop
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joined:5/15/03
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 2/27/12 at 07:10pm
...or a swift crucifixion
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
chickfila
Leading Actor
joined:7/26/08
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 2/28/12 at 10:45am
All gone.
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SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 2/28/12 at 12:32pm
Have tickets fo the13th of March. The recent Fan concert video really made me question how good it was going to be. Judas has to drive the whole show beginning with Heaven On Their Minds and the rendition in the video fell very flat IMHO.
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smurftoo
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joined:5/9/10
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 12:46am
this production is awful, go see godspell instead!
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dented146
Broadway Star
joined:11/26/05
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 01:09am
There are a host of reviews from both Toronto and San Diego which indicate this is a pretty good production, maybe even a terrific production in technical terms. The real question is does it matter. Is this a musical which people have an interest in seeing?
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RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:17am
Knowing it's on TDF makes me feel better about being able to rush it.
massofmen
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/04
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:21am
smurftoo, how much did you invest in godspell?
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gvendo2005
Broadway Legend
joined:5/1/05
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:23am
^ Thank you!
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musicalperson17
Understudy
joined:9/2/10
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:28am
The show sold out in both Stratford and La Jolla.
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:52am
the question is, do new yorkers/tourist care.... as a new yorker I could care less the advertising and everything else I have seen so far looks very underwhelming and the fact ALW is still going ahead with his JCS reality show ultimately shows a lack of faith as well...
bwaybby
Understudy
joined:6/22/08
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:54am
smurftoo I really hope you're wrong. But I'll be seeing both.

From Broadwayworld's Review Round Up of LA production. I believe I saw one from the Canada prodction too. I can't WAIT to see this

"Let's see what the critics had to say...

Charles McNulty, The Los Angeles Times: O ye of little faith. To all those who made snarky comments when it was announced that “Jesus Christ Superstar” was being resurrected by Des McAnuff, I say unto you, “Go down to La Jolla Playhouse and observe the benevolent gift of this revival, which has had the miraculous effect of turning even an Andrew Lloyd Webber denier like me into a momentary believer.” ... Don’t fret, as I did going in, about spiritual dividing lines. Tightly focused and beautifully measured, this “Jesus Christ Superstar” gives everyone a reason to artistically rejoice this holiday season.

James Hebert, Sign On San Diego: What McAnuff does to redeem the piece’s shortcomings, though, is just about heroic. His production keeps sharp focus on the figure of Judas, portrayed by Young with intensity and a captivating sense of ambivalence. He earns the character a hard-won sympathy, even as Judas betrays Jesus to the Romans; the complexity of Young’s performance helps deepen the tensions in what McAnuff has called the “secular love triangle” among Mary Magdalene, Judas and Christ.

Welton Jones, SanDiego.com: Any doubts that JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a genuine modern musical masterpiece should be banished forever by the splendid production in residence at the La Jolla Playhouse through December. Furthermore, though I will never be known as a devout religionist, I can’t imagine a more moving, more spiritual delivery of Christianity’s core story than this ... It may be some time before a more thoroughly satisfying production of a masterpiece will be available on a local stage. I can’t recommend it more sincerely and I particularly would hope than genuinely religious audiences find their way to the Mandell Weiss Theatre at UCSD. This is a gift that should be shared by all but could be even more special to many.

Pam Kragen, NC Times: The production's filled with fine performances, particularly that of Josh Young as the disillusioned disciple Judas Iscariot. Young's got it all ---- undeniable charisma, a rich, ripping baritone voice, nuanced acting and great looks ---- which make him the show's breakout star (something Tony voters are likely to notice next spring). Paul Nolan's Jesus Christ is quiet, still and mysterious ---- a secretive, passive vessel used by the swirling masses around him as a repository for their own needs (spiritual, medical, political). He sings with searing high notes as he's betrayed and suffers nobly in the final scenes. And Chilina Kennedy's a modern, modest everywoman as the devoted prostitute Mary Magdalene, who appears to be an object of desire for both Jesus and Judas. Another standout is Jeremy Kushnier as Roman governor Pontius Pilate. "Jersey Boys" alumnus Kushnier joined the production last week when the original actor (Brent Carver) dropped out because of vocal strain. Kushnier's remarkably at ease in the role and delivers a multilayered performance. When he orders Jesus to be flogged to appease the bloodthirsty crowd, Kushnier's face spins through a kaleidoscope of emotions (uninterest, anger, bitterness, disgust, fear, pity) as he counts out each of the excruciating 39 lashes."



Read more: http://broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-Broadway-Bound-JESUS-CHRIST-SUPERSTAR-at-La-Jolla-Playhouse-20111202##ixzz1nsP4UJdq
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PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:58am
glowing reviews do not = box office success anymore, look at Lysistrata it got raves from a majority of critics (twice from a few) and still bombed......
massofmen
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/04
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 09:58am
i am not a fan of the book, and every production of this i have seen is bad (especially the revival back in 2000) But des usually does one amazing show then a few clunkers then another amazing show then a few clunkers. So maybe this will be his amazing one after dracula, guys and dolls and farnsworth invention (which i actually enjoyed but it closed in 2 months)
bwaybby
Understudy
joined:6/22/08
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 10:01am
as long as it doesn't close before I see it! couldnt find canada review round up but found this. reviews from canada half way down the page
canada production
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Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 10:04am
Well more importantly, Charles Isherwood did not give the production an especially good review when he reviewed the production at Stratford in the New York Times.

Will be interesting to see if Brantley covers the Broadway incarnation and if he likes it any better.
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 10:09am
This show is going to encounter the same issue Godspell is having, why pay 150 to see it on Broadway when I can see it at my regional theater for 20, there no real hook to tourist here.....
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Marlothom
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/04
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 02:45pm
I saw this in Canada and loved it - but I am concerned by the lack of buzz for it now. Even when the video went up there was no discussions about it. I am hopeful WOM will make this show once it starts previews.
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wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 06:13pm
I am planning to see this but the TV ad is a total waste of money. I saw it four or five times before I even realized what was being advertised.
neonlightsxo
Broadway Star
joined:7/29/08
Jesus Christ Superstar TDF
Posted: 3/1/12 at 07:59pm
MB, the Times usually will send the same person back if they've seen it already, so it will probably be Isherwood

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