This show was a wonderfull WEST END experience from here in Nottingham. The Audience thouroughly loved it . The musica was first class and the singing even better. A great night was had by all the audience here in Nottingham , my only regret was that I didn't go back to see it again o second evening... Keep up the good work.
Gina Reeves email@example.com - USER: Whatsonstage.com
26 Sep 01
Well everyone's entitled to their own opinions so I don't mean to criticise
what anyone else has written about this show, but in my opinion this
production is truly excellent.
The cast are all amazingly talented. I've already seen a number of
excellent shows and intend to see it again in the near future.
I am confused about the comment about Mary though - surely by
portraying the character in this way it only emphasises the different
things that Jesus meant (and still means) to different people. As I
see it what she is shown as gaining is an understanding of what it
means to love someone in a way she had never known before - a
truly astounding revelation for her (especially given her background),
that only serves to make the subsequent events even more poignant
and the final scenes even more powerful.
This is an excellent production. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
06 Aug 01
A cast lacking in talent - I don't think so. I also disagree with the implication that being understudy is an indication of lack of talent. Far from it, it might indicate less experience but more likely that someone else is better suited to the role, rather than more "talented". Some of the current touring cast have come from the West End, Cat Simmons in particular came into the tour from playing a lead role in Whistle Down the Wind. Another point:- the West End is rightly thought of as the "cream" of British theatre. Therefore it is unlikely that any performer, however talented, will go straight from drama school into a West End production. Regional theatre and provincial tours have long been regarded as the places to gain experience and refine skills - and many performers go straight from tours into the West End - where they then take the leads (Michael Shaeffer springs to mind - Annas on the last tour - now playing a lead role in The Beautiful Game).
The current touring production of JCS provides a wonderful evening's entertainment. The music is powerful and manages to pull on every emotion as it leads us through the story. The staging is imaginative and the cast enthusiastic and talented. I, like others, have seen it many times and will return for more as long as it runs. Those seeing it for the first time are captured by a timeless story and, if they let it, will be spellbound from the first few bars of music until the last dying notes.
Sandra Hope - USER: Whatsonstage.com
05 May 01
Just read the review by KMcF - made me feel quite sad. To comment on 'London arrogance'when he or she hasn't got their facts right in my opinion is arrogance in the extreme. They certainly were Not all understudies in London and believe me having worked on the show extensively I know what I am talking about. Regarding the 'dreadful trollop' comment from Jack - this is not a pathetic love interest plot but an essential part of the Jesus/Judas portrayals AS CONCEIVED by Andrew, Tim,Gale Edwards and the entire artistic production team. I am all for constructive criticism but felt I had to respond to destructive and ignorant comments from certain people. Still, it's a free country....KS - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 May 01
I don't understand all the negative comments, but everyone has their own opinions I suppose. I personally love the show, and especially this production of it. The cast is almost uniformly brilliant - and the comment about them just being undertsudies in London seems uncalled for to me - maybe they were (though if memory serves me correctly they weren't) but everyone needs a break to make it, and people improve as their career continues. I saw this new tour on it's very first preview in Edinburgh and I was blown away by the quality - the songs are great, the cast is great and the staging is great. I, like John, am planning on seeing it many more times during it's run. Donna Kelly - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 May 01
The negative reviews seem to come from people who don't appear to have seen the show.
There is talent in abundance on stage - both in the leads and understudies.
A tarty 'Mary'? Yes - one of the reasons that 'Judas' confronts 'Jesus'. Or is that entirely in your mind? Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber didn't try to rewrite the Gospels - rather present the events in a form for this day and age.
Negative reactions to this tour are very much in the minority. The numbers of standing ovations testify to that.
I WILL be going to see it several times more - as will many others. John S. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
04 May 01
I agree the cast had energy – but not talent. They were all understudies in London. I think its disgraceful that those people considered only good enough to be understudies in London are thought good enough for the regions. Typical London arrogance.
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02 May 01
What I hated most about this show was the tarty Mary Magdalene. Why do people have to drag sex into everything these days? The story about the death of Jesus isn’t about sex but these people have to look for some pathetic ‘love interest’ and because there is an old story that Mary Magdalene was an ex-prostitute, she always gets netted in as Jesus’ love interest. But to make her such a dreadful trollop was crude and unnecessary.
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02 May 01
While Robert recognises the commitment and talent of the performers - and the vision behind the staging - he is distracted by the material.
True, this show originated in the early 70's (in fact it was probably created in the late 60's).
In order to satisfy this reviewer and others Andrew Lloyd Webber would have had to recreate the whole show along with Tim Rice. He didn't - deciding instead to overhaul the actual staging and some of the arrangements.
Not having seen the show during the seventies I can't imagine it being as dark and serious as this production. This new approach makes more of the material than Mr Hole is prepared to admit.
I tend to base my judgement on my own experience - and also the reviews from local newspapers. Reviewers there, as well as the audience, will probably be seeing Superstar for the very first time. Having seen this production in various locations I can assure you that it has been very well received.
The 'award' of just two stars does not reflect this. It seems to be a personal opinion rather than an objective review. As this is posted on a website dealing with theatre in Britain I am greatly disappointed that personal opinions take precedence over actual public reaction.
John Stenson - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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