Jesus Christ Superstar

Spectacular! The audience could hardly contain themselves they were so eager to clap and cheer, and gave a resounding standing ovation at the end.
Some terrific performances , both fro the usual suspects and from some people I had never noticed before. Paul Nolan was terrific as Jesus – I cannot understand why I have never noticed him before. He was Al in Grapes of Wrath and Bobby in Cabaret and Orlando in As You Like It, so not just a singer. but he certainly has a powerful voice. Another unknown, Josh Young was equally fantastic as Judas. I do remember his performance as Che, although his name did not stick. I hope it will now!
Bruce Dow did a terrific number as Herod, all decadent in red sequins. Brent Carver was brooding as Pontius Pilate – terrifically louche in his purple velvet lounge suit.
Chilina Kennedy once again demonstrated her star quality as Mary Magdalene. Marcus Nance has a bass voice so low it sounded like the thunder that was going on outside – fantastic as Caiapahas demanding the death of Christ. Mike Nadajewski was great as Peter.
The staging and choreography were spectacular.
Even though I am not a big fan of classic opera, Des McAnuff can make me a fan of rock opera.


About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to Jesus Christ Superstar

  1. Keith says:

    She just doesn't show her feelings!Sitting beside Cathy, I did not realise she enjoyed the show that much.Judas is definitely the role in the production, and Young was up to it.It was a very good production – well staged, sung and acted. There are even some good songs.I enjoyed My Fair Lady more, but Stratford certainly has a winner with this show and, if it moves on, they should definitely take the cast with it, particularly Young, Kennedy, Dow and Carver.

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