Jesus Christ Superstar 2012 Live Arena Tour
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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.
I've seen some truly amazing Herod performances in past productions and one with Dennis DeYoung from Styx as Pilate that brought that role to a whole new starring level. So perhaps the bar has been set too high for those two roles for me? Mel C - I didn't quite feel the connection between her and Forster, but she's still a great singer and takes the "sacredness" of the classic role seriously. The whole play remains a timeless masterpiece whose music easily translates 40+ years later.
The theme (and I say "no spoilers" because it is not at all a surprise, established first thing, before the music even starts) is setting the play against the backdrop of contemporary progressive, socio-political protests along the lines of the Occupy movements born in the US. Positively brilliant! As if having one of the world's most outspoken anti-theism atheists in a starring role isn't enough to hint that this isn't a play meant to bible-thump and preach religion.
Let's face it: If Jesus of the canon gospels existed as a living, historical person - the man, not the god-man, and that is explicitly what the play has always centered on - and if that person were alive in the West today, he'd be in the 99%, not the 1%.Read more ›
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EXEMPLARY, SUPERIOR, 2ND ONLY TO 1973, THE MOVIE.....WILL WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I love their performance, I can watch it over and over again.Published 25 days ago by Hsing Ju Chen
Andrew Loydd Weber music is always awesome. JCS was his first big hit. Updated, bright, beautiful. This puts the old 1972 movie to total shame!Published 1 month ago by sarah west
This was truly an outstanding spectacle of a production. The sets, costumes and lighting/special effects were astonishing and amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Biglickbrewer
All the stars, I give the JCS Arena Tour all the stars! Everyone is amazing in this, especially of course Tim Minchin. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanne Steenburgh
Music and video glitches. Very disappointing to introduce someone to the whole experience.Published 3 months ago by Stuart Taber
We were going to take our Grand Daughter Stateside by the arena tour was Cancelled. Bring it Back!Published 3 months ago by Openmic
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