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Theatre REVIEW: Jesus Christ Superstar - ★★★★



An album that inspired a revolution. A revelation that changed the world. A reinvention for this millennium.


Simothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) directs this mesmerizing new production of the iconic global phenomenon, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR which comes to Edinburgh Playhouse for 1 week only!


Starring Ian McIntosh (We Will Rock You, Follies, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Jesus, Shem Omari James (Dreamgirls UK Tour) as Judas and Hannah Richardson (Sting’s The Last Ship) as Mary. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, this reimagined production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades.

 

Where?


Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday 10th February - Part of UK Tour



MIX UP REVIEWS:


Fraser (Age 13) - ★★★1/2

"I had mixed feelings about Jesus Christ Superstar. There was only one set on stage for the entire show, which made it slightly confusing as the story developed. It felt a bit crowded, although the cast made great use of the set by using it fully, climbing different heights and using the large cross for different purposes (a walkway, a dining table etc). The costumes were good, some traditional biblical era clothes, but mostly modern hoodies and jeans, which worked well with the modern style of dance. The cast all worked well together, with a good mix of 21st century Street dance alongside ancient Middle East characters. The relationship between Jesus and Judas was interesting, as it changed several times, and the actors did a fantastic job. I would have preferred the music to be slightly quieter, and the actors mics to be louder, as I felt that the actors voices were sometimes drowned out by the loud music. The audio wasn't always balanced properly. Because of this, it was hard to follow the story. I think it would be better to know the full storyline from the bible in advance. I didn't, and some of the parts were difficult to understand. The makeup was excellent, in particular the silver hands of Judas after he betrayed Jesus, and also the deterioration of Jesus when he was being punished. The blood and cuts on his face and body were very realistic. I would recommend you see this show, but definitely learn the bible story first to help you understand it better.





 



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