Jesus Christ Superstar Live Arena Tour [Blu-ray]
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Overall I enjoyed this production, I was a little concerned early on that they were going to take huge liberties with the material because the first couple minutes were pretty heavily saturated with occupy wall st-esque graphics, but things settle down after that and they perform the show in a manner respectful of the original, with some inventive staging.
The cast was a bit of a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed Tim Minchin (Judas), Melanie (Mary Magdalene) and the supporting cast playing Pilate, Herod, Caiaphas, Annas, etc. Where I ran into a bit of difficulty was Ben Forster's portrayal of Jesus, which just didn't connect with me personally. I know many people find him a fantastic performer, but for me he was just a little subdued and lacking the charisma to offset Minchin's Judas when they were on stage together. Let's face it, Judas gets the best lyrics, the Jesus role really needs to be carried on emotion and sincerity. For me Mr Forster just didn't bring it off. Your mileage may vary.
Immediately after finishing viewing, I got the urge to toss the 2001 DVD version in the player. While the new arena show has much to recommend it, honestly, I feel this was a superior version overall, in almost every area except of course video/audio quality.
In the end though, despite a reservation or two, I think this is worthy of viewing/purchase.
However, I do suggest watching the extra features first, mostly because of an interview with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber in which he explains it was originally written to perform to an arena/concert size audience,wish I had. Tim Minchin has an astoundingly strong voice and range as Judas (my favorite).
Yes, yes, and yes, I recommend buying this version, if you are a JCSS and/or Tim Minchin fan. I'm a new Minchin fan after watching his performance on Showtime at the Royal Albert Hall in London with the fabulous Heritage Orchestra.. Unfortunately, I can only find region 2 versions of his other DVDs.
You can watch many of his songs and interviews at TimMinchin.com and YouTube.
The performances to find the new Jesus were spectacular! I've been to reality talent show tapings in the US, but this one ran like clockwork, which amazing sets moving in and out. During the commercial breaks the audience got to ask the judges questions, and Andrew's comments were really fascinating. He said how JCS was a huge hit in American back in the 70s, but flopped in the UK! In the 70s it was playing arenas and hitting the top 40 with their music, but the UK never got to experience it in an arena as it was intended to be.
This production does have a new age look to it, but you get that same arena experience that the author intended it to play in. The songs are really incredible, and Melanie does a fantastic job with all of her parts! For fans of the old version: of course that's better! It's the original! But this version truly made a fan out of me and I know it would be a great version to introduce to a new generation, as it appeals more to things going on now (like a feeling of social revolt against corporations) and is visually and musically stunning!
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It was fantastic. I have always been a huge fan of the original movie, but this was well worth a watch. Interesting how they brought this into todays time period. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kristin Middleton
Different interpretation than ALW original intention to tell the story of Christian movement from Judas' perspective as the protagnonist that facilitates the prophecy. Read morePublished 23 days ago by R. Hubbard
I am a huge fan of this rock opera. I've watched many filmed and live renditions. This one was disappointing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca
If you like the music, if you dislike the old movie version, or if you've never seen it, this is an incredible version of this musical. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
First time watching this version was a bit shocking, but I actually really ended up liking it- using the London riots and occupy images to bring the story into a modern time yet... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jordan T Morton
The most negative images ever: a t-shirt with the image of a criminal (Che Guevara) and Mary Magdalene andJesus too sensual which is wrong and not the truth. Disappointing musical. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Orelbys Rodriguez
I've always been a fan of the version with Ted Neeley, but I've always loved the music and have several versions on CD. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Woltjer
The first time I saw the arena tour on DVD, I didn't know what to think since it is so far afield from the other producations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan
Really enjoyed it, though it made me nostalgic for the people in the production I saw.Published 4 months ago by Shopper Jane
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