I was invited to see the Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Jesus Christ Superstar last night at Birmingham Old Rep theatre and wow! What a show.
Anyone who knows me knows I love musical theatre and that Lloyd Webber is one of, if not my favourite song writers. Lasts night performance of Jesus Christ Superstar did not fail to bring me joy. Starting with goosebumps at the overture and ending with me in tears at this emotional journey through Christ’s last days before his crucifixion this BITA musical theatre performance was one of the best shows I have seen this year. Bearing in mind I saw Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (another Rice/Lloyd Webber collaboration) and Les Miserables this year!
With a stellar cast, Dec Foster as Jesus, Max Eade as Judas and Lorna Highley as Mary this modern version of the 1970’s rock opera was absolutely perfect.
Max Eade has a stunning voice and my husband and I both looked at each other, mouths wide in astonishment when he started singing. Although Max was my favourite voice and he played my favourite character I can not fault any of the other cast members.
Set with a backdrop of tents and a huge scaffold pole cross this modern take on the age old bible story hit all the right notes, literally and figuratively.
If you want to book to see this outstanding show a few tickets are still available but with just three performances left between time of writing and close of the show tomorrow 2nd November you really need to move fast. But I really can recommend this performance.
With choreography to match the singing, thanks to Cleve September and Attiye Partridge, a fresh new look to the wardrobe thanks to Shan Nolan Costume, producer/director Chris Passey must be very proud of his latest masterpiece.
A more comprehensive review of this is available on Brumhour from later today.