Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Reviews

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September 19, 2018
This Superstar was the closest that live television has come to creating a hybrid new form, combining elements of epic cinema, the stage musical, and the concert film. It's a minor miracle.
September 19, 2018
Buoyed by that striking production with its industrial, modern urban vibe and a star-making performance by Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, "Jesus Christ Superstar" provided plenty of thrills for musical-theater fans.
August 6, 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert proved just how freaking good a live TV musical can be when it's firing on all cylinders.
April 10, 2018
Masterful performances impress in modernized rock opera.
April 3, 2018
The ensemble players were the unsung heroes of the night, throwing themselves into every exhausting, frenetic number.
April 2, 2018
Superstar glittered its way through the last days of Christ - on Easter Sunday, no less - with enormous energy and verve, and managed to stick the landing with an unforgettable final image.
April 2, 2018
Throughout, I kept wishing for a better balance of energy... But when it did find it, it verged briefly on miraculous.
April 2, 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar, even at its gaudiest, never once registered as a joke, or an out-of-control melodrama in need of a collective social media puncturing.
April 2, 2018
We were part of the live audience ready to be taken to church by John Legend and company. Not only did we find salvation, we'd venture that this was the best live TV musical yet.
April 2, 2018
Led by an ethereal John Legend, the show's talented cast breathed new life into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's 1970 rock opera.
April 2, 2018
Superstar is the most alive of any of these live events to date-because it felt like an authentic performance, with a rapturous audience roaring their appreciation during and after each spectacular number.
April 2, 2018
This version of Jesus Christ Superstar was a pulsing adrenaline rush that felt like a fizzed-up energy drink to the face.
April 2, 2018
[Sara] Bareilles was excellent as Mary Magdalene, bringing warmth, commitment, and distinction to her songs.
April 2, 2018
But by the grace of God, or maybe a great cast and lots and lots of expert staging, a great musical became a great TV production.
April 2, 2018
But from the multicultural cast to its deconstruction of religious iconography, this Jesus Christ Superstar was as thoughtful and challenging as the show has ever been.
Top Critic
April 2, 2018
This seemed like a very successful experiment, in the end. The strength of the performances, the smartly controlled staging, the quality of the music and the mix of Broadway and album-cutting talent worked well.
April 2, 2018
Jesus Christ Superstar Live! diverges from television's holiday tradition of genuflecting before Hollywood history and its long-accepted and outdated vision of what religious figures look like.
April 2, 2018
Well, it's safe to say that was the best live musical since Grease. From a production standpoint, I'm glad to see they tried to raise the bar creatively instead of just copying what was done before.
April 2, 2018
Clocking in at two hours and twenty minutes made the production crisper and more powerful than other TV musicals that drag on for three or more hours.
April 2, 2018
Legend, the least experienced actor in the show, held his own with a voice that could raise the dead and enough acting chops to pull off the role - particularly during the 39 lashes - proving that NBC really does know what it's doing.
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