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Why did the show’s directors leave Jesus in death? This was so, so disappointing to us! This was the fourth production of JCSS I’ve seen and the only time The Glorified Jesus did not come back in all white and lights to a Super Star reprise. It killed the show.
Lars from Greenville, South Carolina
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – UNINTELLIGIBLE
Jesus Christ superstar – unintelligible
For most of the characters in the play I could not understand what they were singing. Herod and Pontius Pilot we’re clear and quite good. Jesus, Judas, backup singers etc where garbled. Pay way to much for a play where the singing sounds more like humming.
Post Covid plays see to have decreased in talent as well.
Lena from Fort Worth, Texas
HAD TO LEAVE
Ensemble was average at best and had terrible diction. Jesus had no stage presence. This was a noble attempt that fell very short. Ended up leaving the theatre early because I couldn’t continue to waste my time
Mysteryaudiencemember from Chicago, Illinois
HUGE JCSS FAN AND THIS WAS KIND OF A LET DOWN...
Background: I'm a diehard fan of the 1973 movie. Thought the 2000 one was awful & the John Legend one was awful. I saw the live Broadway version a few times in Chicago in 2018 and was very pleased, so was expecting the same greatness 4 years later. The overture got me excited, as expected, but then everything else was just... underwhelming. The choreography was sloppy (like group dance moves not happening in unison, like when they danced with the mic stands).
I know each performer is extremely talented, but Judas and Jesus weren't singing with passion, it didn't match up with the important words they're singing about (for example, you'd think one of Judas's lines would've been more passionate like "well now I DESPISEEEE YOU!!")
They also didn't hit a lot of their high notes but most of all, they all changed the melody for each song SO MUCH to add their own spin on it, to the point where was annoying. You couldn't even try to sing along in your head. It was actually driving me crazy.
Rich from Xenia, Ohio
Always consider the source. My wife and I are late Boomers, so you can stop reading, now, to minimize the likelihood of being offended. Subbing hippies with hipsters, we get it - updating choreography and costumes for the 21st century was ok, but 90 percent of lyrics were unintelligible. We could only understand Mary M. and King Herod. "Hamilton" all over again.
Scorpio10 from San Jose, California
Ever since I first heard the album in 1972, I have been a huge fan of Jesus Christ Superstar. I love the music, and the movie. I have seen and loved many versions of the play. This version that I saw tonight at San Jose Center for Performing Arts was impossible to watch. My seat in the theater was perfect, however the choreography was so chaotic and distracting that I kept staring at the ceiling or the walls so I could enjoy the music. Each time I would chance a glance at the beginning of the next song, some new crazy weird unrelated choreography would be going on again. Awful! Jesus and Pilot playing guitars?? Why? No! The singers had microphones with cords and mike stands. Why? And what was the point of the obscene gestures the priests were making with their mike stands. All the choreography was so uncomfortable. The music was wonderful.
Lyn from San Jose, California
I saw this musical in San Jose on 10/26/19. Prior to purchasing tickets, I looked online to see what the musical was about. It had gotten many rave reviews so I was not expecting such an awful show. The music was just okay. The set, costume, and delivery were all weak. Choreography was terrible. I planned to leave during intermission but there was no intermission so I was stuck till the end. I didn’t enjoy any part of it.
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