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Jesus Christ Superstar Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 136



2.0 star rating S Dowd from Sacramento, California


Saw this in Sacramento Feb 2023. Spectacular singers, musicianship seemed spot on. But could not make out the lyrics due to I assume sub par mics or system. Production hit 100 mph right out of the box and never slowed. Therefore I could not make out the story, who was who, relationships among characters or story arc. The direction and style choices and frantic pacing was a disservice to the amazing talent on stage. Would not recommend this version to anyone who is seeing it for the first time, as we were.

2.0 star rating Jonathan C from Los Angeles, California


The actors do not act. They sing and thats just not enough, Jesus was a weak voiced novice, Mary came out and sang and then left the stage, no acting at all. Judas sang strongly but again just sang, The biggest disappointment was the direction. If you were not familiar with the story you would be lost. A shame.

2.0 star rating Annemarie from Detroit, Michigan


The show felt contrived and mechanical. The choreography distracted from the main characters and drew attention to itself, the chorus sounded out of breath, and the band was screeching loud and felt at times as if compelled to just make noise. This show lacks the passionate embrace of the lyrics and the rock, the swing that moves the action forward and enhances the plot. I saw the show in London in the 70s and perhaps expected something as riveting as back then. Detroit show was just a poor parody.

2.0 star rating Vic. F. from St. Louis, Missouri


The positives of this performance were that Judas, Mary and Jesus had great voices, and Jesus playing the guitar was a different adaptation. Jesus Christ Superstar is one of my top three favorite musicals, and I have seen several different performances of this musical. This was by far my least favorite. The singing was all loud and angry, with only a couple of exceptions, and the music was often too loud and overpowered the singing, even with the singers basically screaming through most of the numbers. If I was not very familiar with the music/musical, I would have found this adaptation confusing and hard to follow. I also found a lot of the choreography to be jerky, which detracted from the singing. The presentation of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Fox several years ago was immensely more enjoyable than the opening night of this presentation. My recommendation is to forego this particular version of Jesus Christ Superstar and see it the next time it comes to town.

2.0 star rating J. Webb from Norfolk, Virginia


SAVE YOUR MONEY. Unfortunately, much of the cast's vocals were not so good and at some points shocking awful. I will say the cast member who played Mary (her debut) was excellent! Her voice was incredible and she gave me goose bumps. There were a few cast members voices that were okay but the actor playing JC was only good on the screechy parts of the singing. Also it appeared the cast was sharing a microphone and the sound people did not appear to adjust the volume for cast members who's voices needed more amplification. The dancers were fabulous and the instrumentalist did a great job. Overall though, I would only give it a C.

1.0 star rating 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.

1.0 star rating 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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