Oct 12 2012 by Hannah Jennings Parry, Solihull News
SET against last summer’s riots and the Occupy London movement, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s updated rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar hits all the right notes.
Despite the name, it’s comedian Tim Minchin who proves to be the real superstar with his show-stealing performance as Judas Iscariot.
Prowling round the stage, the eye-liner wearing, dreadlocked Minchin looked every inch the Occupy campaign rebellious hippie as he snarled and roared his bitter cynicism.
As the tortured disciple rallied against his morals, singing his soul away in a pact with the city judges, ITV talent show winner Ben Forster showed incredible vocal range as Jesus, particularly as he hit the ear-splittingly high notes of ‘Gethsemane’.
Unfortunately the same cannot be said for his acting ability but Forster had enough smouldering appeal to make a bona fide rock god.
Sadly, Mel C gave a thoroughly mediocre performance on all counts as her Mary Magdalene lacked emotional intensity but former Radio 1 presenter Chris Moyles’ slimy game show host Herod, demanding the audience vote whether Jesus is a fraud or a lord, was a surprise hit.
Director Laurence Connor’s gritty incarnation’s gives a contemporary backdrop to the rise of a new political leader.
This adaption will surprise, move and, most importantly rock you, more than ever before.