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The emotional return of a legend!
on 17 September 2002
In the seventies JCS re-defined how musical theatre was produced.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber brought theatre to rock music and rock music to theatre and people loved it.
This new interpretation has taken all that was best in the original production and given it an extra kick up the backside!
This is a kind of "West side story" meets the gospells.
Jesus and his disciples are seen as renegades and revelutionaries by the nazi-like Romans in Jerusalem.
jesus..is given a human touch...showing him as a complex and emtionally conflicted character. The same can be said for Judas whose devotion is conflicted by his feelings that something is wrong with the way Jesus is going about his work.
Gail Edwards pulls no punches in her emotional telling of the story (I defy anyone not to wince at the torture scene) thus giving the whole thing a harder, more real edge, that draws the viewer in.
Of all the performers only Rick Mayall dissapoints. He plays Herod as if he was a character from "The Young Ones". There is no emotion there at all.
Glenn cater shines as Jesus, again putting a human face on the character. When watching with a friend, I turned to see her crying during "Gethsemene".
Judas is as sinister as they come (Jerome Praden...stand up)but you still feel sorry for him.
Over all, this is a remarkable, but emotionally shattering version of the stage classic.