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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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4.0 star rating Karen Swantek from New Brunswick, New Jersey

GREAT CONCERT BUT WISH THERE WAS MORE ACTING

The singing and music were phenomenal. This is my favorite score and they did it more than justice. That being said, I felt more like I was at a fantastic concert than a play. With the exception of Judas, there was very little acting. I felt like the singers did not, for the most part, connect with the lyrics at all, kind of like when you say the National Anthem - you know it so well that you don’t think about what you are saying. I enjoyed the dancing, and the creative set, etc., but would have liked to see some bonding of characters. I literally felt almost nothing, and that is not what you want from this material at all. Also, personal pet peeve, Jesus was weak and whiny, though he had some solid moments at the end. His singing was fantastic. Wish they would lose the guitar, and the mikes. I know it was intentional, but I did not like it. I would love to see a strong Jesus in this role. I did have a great time though, as this was a fantastic opportunity to hear this score live and to hear it done so amazingly.

4.0 star rating Kathy from Tampa, Florida

GREAT UNTIL THE END

From the first song I loved it. I loved the midern take and the music. But,at the end I really missed the resurrection and a final great version of th title song, a finale of sorts. It made it feel incomplete, not just to me but to the audience around me who were unsure if that was the end until the lights went back on and the cast took their bows. So many great moments and vocals though. Overall loved it.

4.0 star rating from Tampa, Florida

JJESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

This was my favorite rendition of JCSS! Great modern choreography of the original. Loved Jesus in Gethsemane and King Herod! The Last Supper scene was amazing. The only drawback I thought was the use of microphones throughout which seemed to muffle some of the wordings of the songs even though it was a symbolism. The Straz in Tampa never disappoints.

4.0 star rating Kathy Shelton from Lexington, Kentucky

OVERALL GREAT PERFORMANCE

The singing & dancing was amazing! The man who played Judas was unforgettable; And the energy & professionalism of the dancers was an adrenaline rush for the audience. Always a fan, I’ve seen it about 5 times with various characters. One criticism I would offer is the way it ended. The audience obviously fell silent & expected more. We were waiting for his appearance after the resurrection because it’s true to the story, instead Jesus & Judas just calmly sat down & looked at us. It just didn’t fit. Also the Jesus character needed to be a little more ethereal & charismatic to make it more believable that hordes would follow him. The woman who played Mary could have been a little more “ stand out” as well.

3.0 star rating Carolyn from Las Vegas, Nevada

DISAPPOINTING

This is my 5th show. This and the recent TV version were by far the worst. Costuming, presentation and singing were subpar. The instrumental music saved the show. None can compete with the version I saw 50 years ago.

3.0 star rating Buddy from Nashville, Tennessee

JUST NOT THE SAME

I have high expectations for this Rock Opera. Having seen Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson several times on tour, one just always will have that 'similar' feel; however, realizing there is no comparison to those icons - - but can you at least try to come close? Folks this is supposed to be of Broadway caliber. Broadway, I’ll say it one more time - Broadway…. Big shoes, big expectations. Sorry this review is harsh – First the orchestra was simply - perfection - the music was EXACTLY as the original, never missing a note or beat. Can't quite say the same for the play itself. I realize this ensemble is trying to bring a freshness and modern feel, but why? Why does Jesus have a top knot? Why is he playing the guitar during Gethsemane? It was so distracting and completely took away from what is one of the most powerful, stunning, beautiful and emotional songs of the play. Give the actor the ability to act, not perform. And what of these 'moves' by Caiaphas, Annas and the priests? It looked like a slow death while pole dancing their staffs. (no pun intended) Finally, for the not so good. The actor playing Pilate...? whaaa?? I am hoping the actual Pilate was sick and this was his understudy. He was nervous maybe. Very meek, almost just read the words and didn’t really sing. Again, Pilates dream, another powerful, mesmerizing songs. Just left as a dry twig in the dust. No one cared, no one got the emotion. There were glimmers of some real good stuff from Jesus and Judas. Once or twice they each had incredible moments in vocals. The audience immediately woke and started to sing in awe. But then it just went away. Left us all in a downward spiral, left hanging. It was a tease, a sample of what they could really do….and it never came back. The actress Mary Magdalene: beautiful performances; Caiaphas and Annas, superb vocals. Caiaphas, that low growling voice, countered by Annas high pitch - nice. Finally, the Judas hanging?? Can you at least pretend to hang something? Not just dangle an empty rope? And the glitter on Jesus while he was being flogged.... still don’t get that one. It's not all bad, if you love this classic Rock Opera, it's entertaining. Be prepared for less excitement, average choreography, and an awkward crucifixion and just as awkward curtain call. I looked forward to this night all week, and I just left empty, kinda jipped, as did a lot of folks in listening to the disappointment while leaving the theater. However, The orchestra alone is worth the price of the ticket, Bravo!

3.0 star rating Jessica Allen from Seattle, Washington

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Unfortunately, something seemed to be off with the speakers or microphones... I could not understand 90% of what anyone was saying... It had a great melody, and the choreography was great, but it lost a lot of its luster by not being able to understand them. I have never seen this show before, so I didnt know the songs or words. I just really wish I would have been able to understand them.

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