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Jesus Christ Superstar Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (2.9 Stars)

Number of reviews: 162

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2.0 star rating 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

2.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating Rich from Xenia, Ohio

UNINTELLIGIBLE

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.

2.0 star rating Marion Skaja from Calgary, Alberta

DISAPPOINTING

Seats were great at first balcony. Voices were completely drowned out by the music except in the quieter songs. The performers were excellent, set was creative and versatile, but overall, despite knowing the story, about 70% of the lyrics could not be heard above the cacophony of the music. It was a strain to try to follow along. Not recommended. They knew this was a problem on Tuesday, still a problem on Thursday. This was a must see for me as I used to listen to the record as a youngster.

2.0 star rating Brenda from Edmonton, Alberta

LEAD GUITARIST WAS HOT

I was so excited about seeing this. I loved the original 50 years ago so it was hard not to compare everything. JC in a man bun was strange and the costumes were drab. I kept looking at the lead guitarist. I thought he was the best part of the show. The dancing looked more like contemporary styles, which is not my favourite. I think the role of JC would have been much better if he had come out with his hair down, wearing a white robe and sandals. It took me a while to get that he was JC. I thought the priests were the best part. Overall, really disappointing, except for the guitarist. He was amazing!!

2.0 star rating Crunch from Houston, Texas

VERY DISAPPOINTED

Didn’t have like the singing, in this revised version. The melodic songs seem to just be thrown and with not much passion and they did not seem to know what to do with the guitars. The dancing was spot on, but I do think it distracted from the musical. Was not wild about the set, and the ending was just nothing. This production missed the mark.

2.0 star rating W. Stevens from Tempe, Arizona

DISAPPOINTED

Left with a screeching headache. Even my husband who loves hard rock said it was much too loud. The orchestra drowned out the singers and made it very hard to understand what they were saying. We were on the first balcony I can't even imagine how loud it was for the people sitting closer. Wonder if they even did pre-show sound checks. Too bad, was really looking forward to this show but just couldn't enjoy it

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