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Day: April 2, 2018

Random Thoughts about Jesus Christ Superstar

Random Thoughts about Jesus Christ Superstar

  • John Legend was serviceable as Jesus, even though it definitely felt like some of the notes were out of his range? He was fine and I’m sure a lot of people tuned in because he was playing Jesus so I don’t mind. I’m just happy that there’s gonna be people for whom this version is gonna be their first exposure to JCS.
  • Brandon Victor Dixon’s Judas makes me wish I saw his Aaron Burr because WOW Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas was everything, and I’m in the camp who adored Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdelene.
  • I guess I’m in the minority because I liked the dude who played Simon the Zealot.  Apparently he’s a Swedish heavy metal singer? Neat!
  • The ensemble were great but I really liked the guy who played Peter? He doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention in the reviews I’ve read of the production, but aw Peter. Vying to be Jesus’ BFF but also being selfish and keeping his distance after Jesus was arrested.
  • DAAAANNNG THE PHARISEES. I dug their costumes. The black cloaks and gigantic hoods reminded me of the Nobodies from Kingdom Hearts. What a cool look. Also Annas is probably my favorite out of that group and Jin Ha was perfect in that role, but I can’t discount Norm Lewis as Ciaphas. Such great roles.
  • Um…Alice Cooper. Welllllll, I’m not a huge fan of his, but he was okay. Another piece of stunt casting to bring in viewers but Herod’s Song is sort of a silly, theatrical number that’s supposed to show off the buffoonery of the ruling class at the time so…yeah…it was okay…
  • Ummmmm…what else…
  • Oh! I think I recognized at least a couple of American Idiot musical folks in the Ensemble. I’ll have to look it up, but a few of them definitely looked familiar?
  • Ben Daniels (really??? Him???) was a great Pilate and I LOVED his outfit. But his poor voice near the end of his scene. 🙁
  • I know this is never going to be perfect but my gosh I wish the sound mixing was better.
  • And Judas’ glitter outfit vs. that original fringe outfit will battle for best Judas outfit in my head for all time
  • what i love about live theatre is that the source material gets reinterpreted every time there’s a new production so it evolves with humanity and i think that’s amazing. I mean, there are modern dress productions of Shakespeare…
  • So…overall, NBC’s production was decent, better than lots of the other live musical stuff that they’ve done, and hopefully a sign of things to come with live performance on network TV.