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Jesus Christ Superstar: Live Arena Tour (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Musical | Video 19 November 2012
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Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London's West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Laurence Connor

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Tim Rice
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tim Minchin ... Judas
Melanie C ... Mary Magdalane (as Melanie C.)
Chris Moyles ... King Herod
Ben Forster Ben Forster ... Jesus Christ
Alexander Hanson Alexander Hanson ... Pontius Pilate
Pete Gallagher Pete Gallagher ... Caiaphas
Gerard Bentall Gerard Bentall ... Annas
Michael Pickering Michael Pickering ... Peter
Giovanni Spano ... Simon Zealotes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Ensemble
Michelle Antrobus Michelle Antrobus ... Ensemble
Jack Booth Jack Booth ... Ensemble
Alice Capitani Alice Capitani ... Ensemble
Ian Carlyle Ian Carlyle ... Ensemble
Leon Craig Leon Craig ... Ensemble
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Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London's West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus Christ Superstar: Live Arena Tour See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, England

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Tim Minchin was reportedly furious when he found out his voice was being auto-tuned. See more »

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During the first act, Jesus' bracelets on his right wrist come and go throughout the numbers, from one camera angle to another, within a seconds. In the second act, they stay on his wrist. See more »

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Overmodernised and weak
26 March 2013 | by bwdudeSee all my reviews

Before I get to this very title, let me tell you where I am coming from on this: When I first saw the Motion Picture "Jesus Christ Superstar" in the 70s, I was hooked right away. I've never been a great fan of musicals, but this one had such a great score, I loved it and got the soundtrack on vinyl as soon as it was out. Since then I have not only seen the original Broadway show (on tape) but also multiple later live performances until well into the 90s and even in different countries. Each of those had its own style, its own cast, its own "feel", but all of them were great.

This one though, the "Live Arena Show", I simply don't like, and believe me I've tried!

First of all, it's wayyy to overmodernised to me, cellphones, tablets and all. This may just be my personal taste, but hey, it's my review as well. Second, the costumes, makeup and hairstyles of "the followers" are downright ridiculous. While the style of Herod and Pilates are pretty good in a tongue-in-cheek way, those of the followers are just pathetic.

But the worst thing is, that Tim Minchin as Judas as well as Ben Forster as Jesus are just weak in any way. "The Temple" usually gives me goosebumps of delight, be it performed by Ted Neeley or Ian Gillan or some of the other Jesuses I've heard so far. In Forster's Case its all just "Meh".

Also, Melanie C has a great and unique voice, I am just nor sure if its the right one for the role. Maybe I am just used to the smoothness of Yvonne Elliman, but it also did not feel right to me.

In conclusion I did not enjoy it very much. If you are like me and love the Motion Picture or the Broadway Show, it might not be for you as well. On the other hand, if you are a younger person and this is the first time you ever see Jesus Christ Superstar at all, chances are that you will like it. If so, PLEASE listen to the original Soundtrack afterwards and I almost can guarantee you that you will be blown away!


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