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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: 145



1.0 star rating Douglas M. from Johnstown, Pennsylvania


I was first introduced the magic of JCS as a teenager over 40 yrs ago. I've seen it done at many levels, including a revival in London. I even played Pilate in a college production. This version, is by far, the worst interpretation I ever saw--including one set in WWII with a female Jesus. The use of handheld mics, mic stands and guitars was idiotic. How can you transmit emotion to the back row if your hands are constantly holding something? Throwing gold glitter to represent the painful lashes of Jesus? Really? To be successful, you need to show the arc of love/devotion to Jesus by the masses and watch it slowly turn to disillusion and finally betrayal. None of this was ever established. There was no connection between Jesus/Judas or Jesus/Mary. Mary didn't know how to love him? Heck, Mary didn't even seem to know him. The was a directorial failure on an epic scale. Save your money. Stay at home and listen to the soundtrack. Your imagination of the events will surely be better

1.0 star rating Julie from Minneapolis, Minnesota


I can’t believe how a play could be butchered like they did to this one. If you knew nothing about the story line before you sat down-then you had no hope whatsoever, trying to figure out what in the world was going on in that theater! The singing was a lot of screaming and screeching and the choreography didn’t make any sense. Why why why??!!...would anyone do this to a wonderful original script?! I have seen the original version-then about 8 years ago-saw another (which was very good!)...but this was horrible ! Don’t waste your time and money. How disappointing.

1.0 star rating L.A. Mertens from Buffalo, New York


Save your money! This prosection was bad all the way around. I was looking forward to this ever since I was a child. The 50th anniversary of this iconic show should have amazed and inspired the audience. Instead, the entire show was a disappointment. The sound mixing was bad, Jesus' solo songs were difficult to hear. Many songs sung by the group were off, not singing in unison . I couldn't even understand many of the lyrics. The anti-climatic ending couldn't have come soon enough.

1.0 star rating Jenny from Rochester, New York


This was simply one of the worst shows I have ever seen. It was a chaotic mess. Jesus wasn’t sure what was going on. He couldn’t decide what to do with that guitar. The dancing was stressful to watch. And the glitter was a hot mess. I was praying to Jesus himself to make this musical end sooner.

1.0 star rating Jennifer Foster from Portland, Oregon


Worst musical/play I have ever seen! We would have walked out during intermission but the didn’t have one. Maybe they know they will lose a lot of the audience if they have an intermission! No one in our group could understand most of the words! The intense-strange dancing lady was so off putting… her dancing moves were way too much… so weird and just didn’t work at all! The corded microphones and guitars, with the pauses to get the cords straightened out and the guitar plugged in really ruined the magic of theater keeping the audience engaged in the magical feeling of a great live show! I left feeling like it was a total waste of our time and money. We had front row box seats. Should have saved our money, which is a shame as we were so excited to see the show! So disappointed!!!

1.0 star rating Linda from Indianapolis, Indiana


This was probably the worst musical I’ve ever had to endure. I should have joined the folks who were leaving 30 minutes into the show. If you didn’t know the story beforehand you could not have figured out what was going on. The lyrics were destroyed by the screeching that was supposed to pass for singing. The whole thing was very chaotic. Hand held mikes-really!?! Electric cables strung across stage. Guitars that seemed to confuse the actors. Gold glitter representing the whip lashes-horrible! A strange lady who seemed to be convulsing at odd moments throughout the entire play. This was an experience I just want to forget.

1.0 star rating Karen McCord Welsh from Indianapolis, indiana


I’ve seen this show 3 times—love it! This version was disappointing. Cast had great voices but not strong enough to make an impact. Costumes were blah and microphones were distracting. Seems they tried to modernize it and it didn’t work.

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