JCS Reviews

LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 05:19pm
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock oratorio Jesus Christ Superstar gets a 21st-century makeover from Tony-winning director Des McAnuff in the critically acclaimed Stratford Shakespeare Festival production, which officially opens on Broadway March 22 at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Break legs all!

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CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 05:43pm
I'm super excited, but also a bit saddened. I loved the show in La Jolla -- especially the acting and that's what a lot of posters here seem to be criticizing. A few are saying that a regional festival production does not belong on Broadway and comments like that make it seem like these people had their minds made up before the performance began. I'm hoping the New York critics will not share their sentiments.

That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
Updated On: 3/22/12 at 05:43 PM
erinrebecca
Broadway Legend
joined:10/29/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 05:52pm
Wishing all my friends in this production a wonderful opening night! Merde!
Marlothom
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 05:59pm
I wish all the best to this production!!!!
"Observe how bravely I conceal this dreadful dreadful shame I feel."
Adam Chris
Broadway Legend
joined:1/18/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 06:00pm
I agree with CATS. Yes, this production in San Diego was incredible. I thought the music, acting and vocals were on pointe. It is strange to hear the current criticisms as it makes me feel I saw a different show. I did not see Josh Young as Judas but felt his understudy, Jeremy Kushnier, owned the role.
I felt the actress who played Mary was the only weak link, but couldn't say she was "bad", she just appeared to be bored on stage.
massofmen
Broadway Legend
joined:12/10/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 06:03pm
break a leg kids!
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 06:36pm
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 06:39pm
Metro is mixed to negative

...it doesn't go out of its way to do more than deliver a predictable package. Instead of a classic gone contemporary, it feels like theatergoing via time machine. But maybe that's better than aspiring higher and succeeding less?

http://www.metro.us/newyork/comment/article/1131334--theater-review-jesus-christ-superstar

Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 06:41pm
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 06:50pm
I'm hoping the vacuum cleaner in the stage that sucks off Jesus' clothes gets some love in these reviews...
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 07:22pm
i feel this will not turn out to be a super night for JCS......
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 07:25pm
It won't be a crucifixion, but will critics know how to love it?
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 07:34pm
I think it will be a mixed bag tonight. I felt that even though the show had some major flaws in casting and direction it was still an enjoyable night in the theatre and I spent many hours thinking on the changes tht could have been mde to make it a spectacular night at the theatre.
Those Blocked: SueStorm. N2N Nate. Good riddence to stupid! Rad-Z, shill begone!
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 08:28pm
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:04pm
It seems like this is a thoroughly mediocre production.

Which is a step up from the last Bway revival to be sure.
....but the world goes 'round
SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:08pm
Thoroughy Medicore Messiah!
Those Blocked: SueStorm. N2N Nate. Good riddence to stupid! Rad-Z, shill begone!
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:09pm
Hollywood Reporter is mixed to positive

If this rock-opera reimagining of the “Greatest Story Ever Told” is far from ageless and seems unlikely to spark major new insights for believers or non-believers, as a time-travel experience it offers plenty to enjoy. And in Broadway’s current Jesus smackdown, Superstar at least trounces Godspell.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/jesus-christ-superstar-theater-review-andrew-lloyd-webber-303387
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:10pm
Saying that at least it's better than Godspell is not that much of a compliment, IMO.
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
Marlothom
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:11pm
Thoroughy Medicore Messiah!

Have you seen the way they sing in the movie . . .
"Observe how bravely I conceal this dreadful dreadful shame I feel."
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:16pm
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:24pm
Newsday is mixed to positive

In Broadway's latest revival, director Des McAnuff has tackled the irreverent/reverent challenge by ignoring the conflict altogether. The slick and loud high-tech production, acclaimed from Canada to Southern California, is serious, passionate and handsome in ways that seem to grow from McAnuff's recent years directing Shakespeare and opera.

If you like some fun in your "Superstar," however, the show that capped his final year as head of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival may feel pretty grandiose for much of the material. McAnuff, who famously also staged "The Who's Tommy" and "Jersey Boys," seems not to want to get the jokes here.


http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/a-very-serious-jesus-christ-superstar-1.3616182
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:35pm
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
broadwayriff
Swing
joined:2/2/12
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:36pm
This might be irrelevant but ALW and Tim Rice joined the cast onstage for the opening. Pics on their Facebbook
Marlothom
Broadway Star
joined:4/13/04
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:41pm
Did all reviewers go yesterday or Tuesday? So many saw Kushiner instead of Young.
"Observe how bravely I conceal this dreadful dreadful shame I feel."
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
JCS Reviews
Posted: 3/22/12 at 09:44pm
the AP loved godspell.... interesting.....

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