I’ve seen JCSS in other contexts, but not in the flesh. With high expectations, I went in excited. With musical corkers “What’s the Buzz”, “I don’t know how to love him”, King Herod’s song, “Superstar”, I felt the same excitement i have when I enter a stadium to see a rock concert, which it kind of is.
Tenors Glenn Carter (Jesus) and Tim Rodgers (Judas) knock my socks off with their rockstar notes. Coorrrr you just wanted to swoon and scream but the setting made that a little hard to carry out. I feel as if JCSS could do with a standing area at the front for us superfans so we can thrash about and singalong without the constraints of the theatre environment.Traditional settings can hardly contain the noise and fullness of a production such as this but I contain my limbs as much as I can.
Small disappointments come with Rodgers clearly having voice problems, and X-Factor star Rhidian off sick, but it didn’t take away the magic of the night. The crucifixion did not disappoint, powerful, strong, and wonderfully silent in parts, I was moved and overwhelmed by it all.
Fresh, thrilling and full of life (and death), this revival of the 70′s classic is really one to catch whilst you can.