“The best of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early work in on show in London at the moment. Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan are starring in the London Palladium’s big summer musical of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat but if you head over the Barbican you can also catch Jesus Christ Superstar which is playing through till the end of August. Wonderful to see Lloyd Webber’s musicals are still as popular as ever.”
“Will Timothy Sheader’s staging of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice concept-album-turned-musical be as much a revelation in the confines of the Barbican as it was at the Open Air Theatre a couple of years back? I certainly hope so because it was a stunner. Almost up there with miracles like turning water into wine. Sheader’s production is full of smart cultural references and it is not just gloriously entertaining, it also stands as a biting comment on religious and political fanaticism. The success owes a great deal to Tom Scutt’s design and Drew McOnie’s choreography. If it’s half as heavenly as it was you should experience rapture.”
Originally written as a rock opera album, Jesus Christ Superstar made its explosive debut on the Broadway stage in 1971. The show transferred to the West End the following year where it ran for eight years and went on to become one of the most enduring musicals of its time.
Its rock musicians, contemporary design and thrilling choreography make this energetic and emotionally charged production unforgettable.
Timothy Sheader’s extraordinary Jesus Christ Superstar is somewhat diminished in the Barbican
Webber's tunes remain as tricky as ever, but on the whole, the cast does a fine job of tackling them
The richly textured score – roars of rock, lilting ballads and pounding choral numbers – has probably never sounded better
The Arts Desk
The Open Air Theatre’s bombastic Lloyd Webber smash moved indoors for its third stint
So much fun even atheists will be converted
Timothy Sheader brings his Regent’s Park rock concert indoors for a show that celebrates lung power over tenderness
A heavenly balance of everything that can make contemporary musicals so great
One of the most sensorially and aurally ravishing musicals in town
It is Drew McOnie’s choreography which is the true star
Musical Theatre Review
Beauty and brutality
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