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Old 15-10-2012, 18:10
Abriel
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Saw the show last night in the o2 in dublin. We were right at the back so it was a mixture of screen and stage watching for me, but I still enjoyed it.
I think the casting of Tim Minchin and Mel C was clever in that the followers of Jesus were represented as hippies/Occupy Wall Street types (they even had coloured tents on stage) and the Romans were dressed as the rich business men and bankers, and I felt that Tim and Mel both looked the part, and did well in their roles. My dad thought Mel c sang brilliantly, and he had seen her on the superstar tv show and thought she wasn't great at all, so it just shows you how much she stepped up her game. The backing band were really good as well.
Ben was absolutely fantastic, I was not a fan of him on the show at all, but his singing was outstanding and all the emotion was there. He had this weird wig on and looked so different, I actually thought it was an understudy for ages. But he was super.
The other highlights for me were the duo with the high and low voices, both superb, and pilate was fantastic as well.
I loved Chris Moyles as a Tv X factor style host in a red suit, but what struck me the most is how trim he looked! He really looked great, and got a really good reception from the crowd. My parents didn't have a clue who he was, and they both thought he was really good.
Overall, a very enjoyable show, it would have been nicer to be closer to the stage, but I would def recommend it.
we couldn't get over how trim Chris looked I can't imagine red velvet is the most forgiving fabric either. My friend said she's got to get the dvd rather than one of the other prodcution sas she can't imagine anyone but Mel C singing her song now
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Old 15-10-2012, 22:07
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So JCS - my review: NIA, Birmingham 5 Oct 2012. I had quite a good view all told. I was up one of the sides towards the stage. The way they planned the staging was great because they had a big screen behind the set which was a changing backdrop which started off as live news reports of all the riots and troubles going on in the world and then focusing in more on the camp-outs that have been happening across Europe like in Greece, Italy, Spain and the like. It was showing all the police brutality happening against peaceful protestors. The set itself was just one giant staircase which worked pretty well - and it began with tent-city in Rome. Jesus was there preaching his message and his disciples were just all the homeless, junkies and various drop-outs from society. Of course Mary Magdalene (Mel C) was a prostitute (what else)? So it was set in modern times but in a strange parallel Universe where there was this Big Brother type organisation overlooking it all and they see Jesus as a rabble rouser and dangerous because he's exposing their strict 'haves and have nots' society. So that was a clever parallel to what's going on right now and for "What's the buzz?" they had all the social media stuff popping up on the big screen with Twitter and Facebook etc which seemed spookily in sync with the material. All the songs were untouched. They have different musical arrangements but all the songs/lyrics were as Webber/Rice had dictated. Tim Minchen as Judas was fantastic! Truly amazing and also fab was Alex Hansen who played a perfect Pilate. He was very thrilling specially during the 'lashes' scene. Chris Moyles as Herod was funny (OTT chat-show host in this) so I tried to give him a chance as I'm not normally a fan. Ben Forster was totally mesmerising as Jesus. He reminded me a lot of the actor Liev Schrieber looks wise. I am convinced he was the best choice out of the various guys who were on the auditions show. Gethsemane was breathtaking - so fantastically acted and he was crying buckets of tears by the end of it. The audience response to that was brill too because everyone was cheering and shouting in appreciation as he stood there totally drained. As it is with musicals when some songs segue into others it means that even when someone does a good performance there is not always the opportunity to clap at that point. For example when Judas kills himself (awful special effect of him really hanging!) after that no-one can actually clap a death even though he did a great build up to it. So what was great was that at the end of the play the final cheer for him was the biggest because we'd not had a chance to clap him at any point (no-one would cheer on the traitor - right)? Mel C did get a warm response to her solo which was done far better than when she did it on TV. The songs are so loud and resounding in a theatre (nay Arena!) aren't they and she was note perfect and I got the chills - so well done. All in all thought it was thoroughly good and the audience around seemed to be saying positive things about it. Oh and Jeff Anderson (one of the runners-up in the TV show) was in the ensemble and he is the understudy for Jesus which was nice.
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Old 22-10-2012, 22:24
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We saw it yesterday at Sheffield Arena. My son has a corporate box and got us tickets for 55 each.so we hoped we would have a good view. Unfortunately because of the angle and height we were watching from, it wasn't easy to see everything. Also there was a curtain from the top of the arena hanging halfway down (not sure what it's purpose was) and that blocked quite a lot of the big screen. It was packed solid, in fact the traffic was so bad outside that they slightly delayed the start.
I did enjoy the performance and thought everyone sang brilliantly especially Mel C who I wasn't the biggest fan of previously. However, it's a massive amount of money to pay to watch a show that you can't really see all of.
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Old 24-10-2012, 12:04
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We saw it yesterday at Sheffield Arena. My son has a corporate box and got us tickets for 55 each.so we hoped we would have a good view. Unfortunately because of the angle and height we were watching from, it wasn't easy to see everything. Also there was a curtain from the top of the arena hanging halfway down (not sure what it's purpose was) and that blocked quite a lot of the big screen. It was packed solid, in fact the traffic was so bad outside that they slightly delayed the start.
I did enjoy the performance and thought everyone sang brilliantly especially Mel C who I wasn't the biggest fan of previously. However, it's a massive amount of money to pay to watch a show that you can't really see all of.
I thought it was a curtain first of all (I went to the Wembley Arena show), but it's actually a speaker. It blocked part of the screen from where I was sitting but it wasn't that bad. If I had been sitting about 10 seats to the left though it would've been worse and probably missed Judas' suicide.
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Old 02-01-2013, 22:36
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I bought this at Morrisons for 7 and must say I am most impressed so far. I have watched up until Judas says that Jesus will be in Gethsemane (hubby came home from golf at that point!).

I cannot get into the main thread for JCS for some reason so have added my comment here.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:03
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we went last night, thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved Chris's cameo, thought the leads all sang and acted well, Tim was excellent. the only thing we felt it lacked was a bit of atmosphere, due to size of the venue(NIA), Certainly didn't notice any sound problems, whole crowd loved it.

never knew Ben had that six pack tucked away

Is there going to be a dvd/cd
The DVD is out now and I am enjoying it very much.
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Old 10-02-2013, 22:56
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I have booked tickets for October at the NIA! Expensive but we have a VIP package (the cheapest one). We my sister and I - are looking forward to it.
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