Friday, February 3, 2023

Review Highlights: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - National Tour/ASU Gammage

Jack Hopewell and Cast
Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through February 5

"One year after composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice released their rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar as a concept album in 1970, the fully staged version debuted on Broadway, and it soon became a worldwide phenomenon. In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of that debut, a new U.S. tour, based on the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production in London which won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, was launched in 2019. The now non-Equity tour is playing in multiple cities across the country this season. With a cast, direction, and creative elements that are all fantastic, and choreography and music that pounds with non-stop, adrenaline-pumping electricity, it's a soaring, and excellent re-working of this much-loved musical." - Gil Benbrook, (click here to read the complete review)

"Now playing in Tempe until February 5th, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR leaps onto the wide ASU Gammage stage with such an explosive burst of adrenaline-fueled energy from the dancers that all previous live theatrical productions now look positively pedestrian by comparison....The trick when casting a new production of SUPERSTAR is to hand the stage not so much to trained actors who can sing, but to rock singers who know how to make rock come alive, which is not the same thing. And that's what this touring production has done....a rock concert with moments that truly excite and exhilarate "   -  David Appleford, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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