Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert Reviews

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.
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
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
[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 diverges from television's holiday tradition of genuflecting before Hollywood history and its long-accepted and outdated vision of what religious figures look like.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.
Top Critic
April 2, 2018
Alice Cooper as Herod blew the roof off the Armory. Or was it perhaps that atomic tangerine lamé suit that did all the destruction? In any event, poor Armory.
April 2, 2018
Here's the thing: This was a phenomenally balanced production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which star power was equaled by depth of feeling and characterization in all the principals.
April 2, 2018
After being diverted by a whirling mass of glitter, leather, tattoos, disco moments, rock-star preening and heart-rending betrayal, yes, for a moment, I was there. And that was something.
April 2, 2018
For all the singers who took us to church with this production of Superstar, Cooper was the one who had the most fun playing God.