Notice: register_sidebar was called incorrectly. No id was set in the arguments array for the "Sidebar 1" sidebar. Defaulting to "sidebar-1". Manually set the id to "sidebar-1" to silence this notice and keep existing sidebar content. Please see Debugging in WordPress for more information. (This message was added in version 4.2.0.) in /home/lajollaplayhouse/public_html/blog/wp-includes/functions.php on line 3606
Reviews for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR On Broadway - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

Reviews for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR On Broadway

  • bookmark page

Jesus Christ Superstar opened on Broadway last night! Here’s what critics are saying about the show.

“The slick…production, acclaimed from Canada to Southern California, is serious, passionate and handsome in ways that seem to grow from McAnuff’s recent years directing Shakespeare and opera.”
-Linda Winer, Newsday

“As he did in Stratford last summer, McAnuff embraces one of the musical theater’s most unusual, famous, bizarre, historically audacious and, in this instance, thoroughly enjoyable properties with a production remarkably in sync with the material. The savvy set design, by Robert Brill, uses platforms, staircases and catwalks that, with the help of Paul Tazewell’s use of punky but oft-metallic attire, put one in mind of the show’s loose alignment with Deep Purple and the other British rock goliaths of its thunderous era. And then, during the spectacular crucifixion scene, he uses those ubiquitous news-crawls that fill the proscenium with text and, crucially, make you ponder the staying power of the words and persona of Jesus Christ, cutting though the very kind of noise we’ve just been enjoying. All of the classic song stylings feel like they’re in place and respectfully wailed by actors happy to sing their faces off.”
– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Hearing excellent singers deliver these tunes through powerful, crisp amplification is a primal thrill.”
-Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“If you thought you had a bead on “Jesus Christ Superstar” — great rock score, elementary version of “the greatest story ever told” — the electric revival that opened Thursday night at the Neil Simon Theatre will induce serious second thoughts….”Jesus Christ Superstar” is indelibly a show of its time, but this production suggests that it was built to last.”
-Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record

“This Superstar made me a believer again.”
-Michael Musto, Village Voice

“A revelatory production.”
-Kelly Nestruck, Toronto Globe and Mail

“Music director Rick Fox treats the rock-symphonic score and vocals with integrity appropriate to the era in which the material was born. And McAnuff’s pedal-to-the-metal direction never precludes sincerity as it weighs the once-controversial man-or-Messiah question. That means this staging is likely to speak to ‘70s nostalgists (guilty as charged) as well as younger musical fans curious to know what the fuss was about.”
-David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“What a divine season it is for Jesus on Broadway. On one stage, nuns make a joyful noise in Sister Act. On another, he figures highly in The Book of Mormon. Yet another has him as the central figure in Godspell. And he is now in revival – here, we’re talking Broadway more than theology – in an effusive Jesus Christ Superstar, the Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that opened Thursday.  It’s full of powerful, melodic ’70s-tinged music – the show premiered in 1971 and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” broke out to become a hit. The score, with Rice’s clever lyrics and Lloyd Webber’s many fanfare songs, is great fun to hear again, or probably also for the first time.”
-Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer

Josh Young, Chilina Kennedy and Paul Nolan arriving at the Opening Night Party for Jesus Christ Supersetar on Broadway.