Popular musical a real triumph; Reviews.
Jesus Christ Superstar WEST BROMWICH OPERATIC SOCIETY GRAND THEATRE, WOLVERHAMPTON THE talented WBOS has accepted a difficult challenge in staging this Tim Rice/ Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in professional theatres on two successive weeks, but the amateurs are turning it into a triumph.
On the 40th anniversary of the show, they will follow a week at the Grand with another at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre, and a treat for audiences is guaranteed.
Based on the Gospel of St John, this rock opera tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus Christ and while it is a tense tear-jerker at times there are lighter moments too, particularly when the portly King Herod (John Wetherall) sings his personal challenge to the doomed Jesus.
Tim Prottey-Jones is an impressive Jesus, delivering a powerful Gethsemane, though not sure about that jet black wig, and the crucifixion scene needs attention. On opening night there was too much fumbling by soldiers attaching him to the cross.
There are truly outstanding performances from Lyndon Flavell (Judas) and Lydia Hackett (Mary Magdalene), with strong contributions from Craig Smith (Annas), Callum McArthur (Caiaphas), and Luke Hopson, Simon Peacock and Roger Shepgerd as the priests.
Directed by Tim Brown and produced by Mike Capri, with Jonathan Hill's musical direction, JCS runs to Saturday and is at the Alexandra Theatre from November 2-6. VERDICT:PAUL MARSTON