I haven’t posted anything about Jesus Christ Superstar yet…
I went to see it at the Saenger last Saturday and let’s just say it was a bit of a shock to see Sebastian Bach up there on stage as Jesus Christ – doing heavy metal screams to my favorite rock opera. I only wish he was more consistant. Bach didn’t seem like he knew exactly what his character should sing like. He’d be taking it easy one minute, over-the-top the next, jazz-handing it after that, and then… aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! a full on fist pumping, big hair, spandex wearing metal-god scream. I guess it’s possible to have a Jesus cover all these musical genres – but Sabastian seemed all over the map to me. Trying a little too hard perhaps.
Carl Anderson (as Judas) was the only one that seemed comfortable in his part. I guess after 20+ years of playing Judas that comes with the territory. Anderson was just… wow. Amazing.
The showstopper was King Herod’s Song. Besides being the coolest song in the universe, it had vegas style flashing signs, show girls, bright lights, big steps and a top hat. Pretty cool.
Don’t get me wrong about Sabastian Bach… he did a great job. I guess it’s hard to objective when I’ve been listening to Ian Gillan sing it on the Cast Recording for the last 20 years. It was an amazing show alltogether. I’m sooooooo glad I went. Thanks for the ticket, Dan!