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Perez Reviews: Jesus Christ Superstar

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Sadly, our trip to New York has come to and end! Thankfully, though, we went out on a very satisfying note as we caught the new Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar on Saturday night, which was wholly enjoyable! Far more so than we thought it would!

We had never seen the Andrew Lloyd Weber rock opera, nor had we heard any of the music. We went into it still burned by our recent experience seeing Godspell, which we HATED. Fortunately for us, this experience was much better! Much MUCH better!

The music was beautiful and very Evita-esque. It did not feel dated. And the new production was like Jesus Christ Superstar meets Ghost, only much MUCH better than Ghost.

The direction was wonderful. The show moved along briskly. The set and costumes were great. We were especially moved by the choreography, which was inspired. It felt like such organic movement and not like the bad modern dance we saw in Ghost.

Josh Young wowed us with his portrayal of Judas and showed all why he deservedly was nominated for a Tony award.

The one piece of the pie that didn't taste as good as the rest, unfortunately, was Jesus. The superstar tagline just did not fit with Paul Nolan's portrayal. While he was not bad, he was far from a "superstar" and was easily outshined by Young. However, a lot of that may just be due to how the parts are written. It seemed to us - at least in this production - that Jesus Christ Superstar is really Judas' show.

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21 comments to “Perez Reviews: Jesus Christ Superstar



  1. 1

    im hearing ya

    years ago i made a big deal about going to "cats" the musical i had been to many many plays and this was another to this day i still dont have a clue what it was about… some do it some dont

  2. joey says – reply to this


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    Superstar is definitely a better vehicle for Judas. In any production. Jesus in the film version however was really very good but even then Judas was spectacular. I'm seeing this next week so I am excited.

  3. internetfavs.com says – reply to this


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    sounds like worth seeing……



  4. 4

    I saw the show last week, and it's true that the part of Jesus isn't written in a way the gives him more than Judas. Paul Nolan has one of the most incredible voices, and I think that the character and the direction sort of robbed him of star power.

  5. crispy says – reply to this


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    Superstar is a show for Judas — totally… his parts are so much more interesting. But Paul Nolan does a great job with Gesthemane which is basically Jesus's superstar moment in the show for me. He does a good job as the unsuspecting rock-star though… conflicted and confused. I felt he was sorta Jim Morrisson-like.

  6. lascandal says – reply to this


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    WHY ARE YOU REVIEWING THEATER??? YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE TALING ABOUT MARIO - THIS IS SO EMBARRASSING !!! THIS READS LIKE A THEATER REVIEW BY A 3RD GRADER'S FIRST TIME AT THE THEATER. I APPRECIATE, IN GENERAL, YOUR TOTAL NARCISSISTIC EGO-MANIACAL CELEBRATION OF GARBAGE CULTURE - BUT THEATER? PLEASE LEAVE IT TO THE FOLKS WHO KNOW SOMETHING.
    YOU'RE SADLY, IRREVERSIBLY STUPID - YOU'RE A GOSSIP BLOGGER. CRITICS HAVE KOWLEDGE AND A DEPTH OF UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU, A DENIZEN OF THE GUTTER, WILL NEVER EVER KNOW. GO DO SOME MORE SIT-UPS AND CALL KIM KARDASHIAN. YOUR FATE IS SEALED - AND LEAVE THEATER ALONE YOU UGLY, BLOATED, SAD, HOPELESS MORON.

  7. Tiffany says – reply to this


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    I've been a fan of JCS for years. Unfortunately I doubt I'll ever be able to see a Broadway production, but I was able to see it in Atlanta a few years ago when Sebastian Bach was cast for the role of Jesus. In that production as well as both movies that have come out, it's ALWAYS Judas' show. So happy more people have started to show an interest in such an amazing musical throughout the past couple of years, my mother and I still listen to the original record sometimes.

  8. Tiffany says – reply to this


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    Re: lascandal

    And this is why those of us who enjoy theater are labeled as pretentious douchebag hipster knockoffs. Thanks for that, the rest of us appreciate your societal contribution.

  9. tourgirl says – reply to this


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    seriously Mario, leave the theatre reviews to the professionals and stick to gossiping.



  10. 10

    Judas is always the most interesting character and has the show stopping song…the late Carl Anderson was phenomenal in the original play and the film 40 years ago…I was lucky enough to see a revival with Anderson doing Judas before he died…I'll never forget that performance…

  11. tom says – reply to this


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    Please stop giving your opinions. Just post celebrity photos and gossip. Your reviews are horrible and useless. I am not even sure how one can live 35 years or so and never have heard any music from Jesus Christ Superstar! If anything Evita is more like JCS then the other way around considering it was produced more then 10 years before Evita. Please do not compare Jesus Christ to Ghost. They are noting alike. The music in Ghost sucks and JCS has great music.



  12. 12

    Perez, the music expert, has "never heard any of the music from JC, Superstar." I've also noticed that your reviews often state "sounds like blah-blah with a touch of so-so but not too this-this" all interspersed with "we, we , we."
    I'd tell you to stick with what you do best but can't think anything other than being being a plagiarizing hypocrite.



  13. 13

    Coming from nearby Stratford, where the production originated as part of Stratford's theatre festival, I have to defend my favourite live actors!
    I've seen multiple shows on Broadway, in Toronto, Stratford etc, as well as seeing Paul Nolan and Josh Young in other characters (ie, Tony, Che) and I have to say that they are some of the most powerful actors I have seen on ANY stage, and that they are always perfectly matched.
    Yes, Josh Young had an extremely powerful performance as Judas — however, Judas (NOT Jesus) is the star of JCS, and as such, he needs the strength of a leading actor.
    I am glad you saw and LOVED the revival though– JCS was probably the best show I've seen yet :D



  14. 14

    If you'd pull your head out of your ass for 5 minutes and stop listening to twerps like Sliimy, you might be more familiar with such standards of musical theatre as JCS.



  15. 15

    Way to try and sink an already established GREAT MUSICAL by comparing it to the sophomoric attempts of Ghost. Are you stupid or something?! Stupid is as Perez does! You're 30+ and never heard nor seen this show?! Yeah, been spending too much time seeing bad shows like Ghost, instead. You truly will go to anything people pay you to see.

  16. CanadianMommy says – reply to this


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    of course you'd like judas more than Jesus….he did after all betray him to die…and Godspell tells the amazing story of salvation….you just need some help….and i watched the oprah show you did…you're so full of BS

  17. C. says – reply to this


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    Perez -

    I was in the same show you were last night! I found Josh Young to be AMAZING!! The whole time I was watching him I felt like I was discovering someone special. His Tony nod was totally deserved. I'm gonna keep tabs on that one…

  18. C. says – reply to this


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    Oh, and just a minor note about theater etiquette! You're not meant to wave your arms frantically, squeal like a 10 yr. old girl, and shout OH MY GAWD during the performance!!!



  19. 19

    The basic story outline is from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" with Judas being the Brutus role and Jesus the Cesar role. The latter had a smaller role in his own show than Brutus did; and Brutus was the betrayer of Caesar, just as Judas was the betrayer of Jesus. Of course Perez not being an actual THEATER student would know nothing of this, thus his ignorant review of the story. Agree that the actor playing Judas comes closer to the original singer of the role (in the album rendition which preceded the Broadway show… see no one would fund such a controversial theater production; so Lloyd Webber assembled the cream of British rock to make an album; including the irreplaceable Ian Gillian as Jesus) Murray Head (who later scored with "One Night In Bangkok"). See? have me review these things Perez… I know my history!

  20. luckymom22 says – reply to this


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    I cannot believe you did not know this show already and that it was all new to you. Boy, do I feel old. I could still sing the entire score from both JCS and Godspell in a heartbeat!

  21. Meg's says – reply to this


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    Just realized that I think I was sitting next to you at the show and didn't recognize you. I was seeing a childhood friend on a BWay stage for the first time and was super emotional/preoccupied. Had I put 2 and 2 together, would have taken a pic with you!