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Jesus Christ Superstar Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 162

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1.0 star rating Dave from Sacramento, California

BAD DIRECTING, BAD LIGHTING, BAD SOUND

Considering this is supposed to be “Broadway” quality, this production lacked everything that would fall into that category. The first 1/4 of the show the players stood and sang directly to the audience either with a hand held mike or a mike stand. For 20 minutes the entire audience had no idea what characters were who or what was going on. There was barely any interaction between characters to establish relationships or to define who they were. The sound quality was awful (incoherent). Then all of a sudden a woman starts singing “I don’t know how to love him”. Nothing made sense theatrically. Ultimately they are supposed to be telling a story not singing or dancing at the audience. The lighting at the theater was awful - could barely make out the faces of the cast and it became a strain to watch. The songs were sung at breakneck speed and the whole thing was a mess. Save your money and don’t see this. Real disappointment.

1.0 star rating Anne from Ann Arbor, Michigan

THE WORST

Save your money, the worst disaster on stage, from sound tech to choreography to singing. The songs felt contrived and were drowned out by the music, staffing was poor, and nothing felt professional.

1.0 star rating David from Detroit, Michigan

A TEST OF ENDURANCE

Perhaps only two talented vocalists in the bunch. The screaming was overpowering and the melodic sections didn’t connect. The choreography looks like it was created by an unenthusiastic Zumba instructor. The set was unchanging as well as wardrobe. A bizarre drag show to portray who I think might be Caesar? Very hard to figure out who is who since there is no supporting dialogue for interaction between songs. I know we can’t actually whip an actor on stage, but you need to do a bit better than gold glitter. What sent me over the edge into silent laughter was the use of a power drill to affix Jesus to the cross. A power drill… really? That was the first time I’ve ever looked forward to a crucifixion as it meant it was time to leave.

1.0 star rating Bill S. from Naples, FL

YELLING AND SCREAMING

Cannot understand any lyrics, constant yelling and screaming into microphones. If you like really loud stuff that you cannot understand, this is your show.

1.0 star rating Susan Michael from Naples, Florida

JESUS CHRIST SUPER STAR

The words in songs were unintelligible due to all of the screaming. Only the song "I Don't Know How to Love Him" could be understood by a singer who had a beautiful voice. The choreography was fair. The sets were very good and the lighting was very dramatic. What's the point of a production that lost this attendee with unbearable yelling? The person I went with to this performance felt the same way that I did.

1.0 star rating Cheryl from Jacksonville, Florida

SAD, SAD PRODUCTION

I’ve seen the play before; this interpretation is awful. Actually, depressing, since it diminished the beautiful music. Choreography fought against the story instead of helping tell it. Pointless pacing, and frantic, unimaginative, movements, almost like being at a rave. And what the devil was that annoying solo female dancer doing interrupting all the numbers? The story suffered from being reduced to a concert. Relationships between the characters and the tenderness of the original was lost. Jesus seemed to be smirking at his followers for much of the play; no hint of divinity. Judas wasn’t bad but his hanging, so impactful in the original, was reduced to simply throwing a mike cord over a rafter. Really? That’s all ya got? And the crucifixtion by power drill felt so small and insignificant in this telling; no powerful contemplation was evoked as it is in the original. Pros: silver hands were cool and Pilot was great. Shudda stayed home and listened to the album.

1.0 star rating Disappointed from New Haven, Connecticut

JUST AWFUL

I’ve seen JCS movie (which is AMAZING) and about 7 different stage productions, including Broadway. I saw this production in New Haven last evening. It was an insult to the original vision. JC in a man bun?? Glitter? Guitars and mic stands? Why?? No drama or emotion portrayed by anyone. Mary was smiling during her songs, Judas screamed. The priests groped their mic stands and danced flamboyantly. It was all so confusing. What was the point of the chaotic lead dancer? the brilliance of JCS is simple set design and this one was over the top with the glitter, glowing crosses and the mic stand/amp for crucifixion. I had to listen to the original soundtrack on my way home to remind myself how good it SHOULD BE.

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