Jesus Christ Superstar

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  1. Mar 28, 2018 #1 of 182
    longrider

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    What do you think of this upcoming show? I remember the music as a kid and I have seen the movie based on it but never a live production. My only concern is that any time something is this heavily promoted by the network is usually is not that great.
     
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    jsmeeker

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    is its simply the stage production being put on for TV cameras?
     
  3. Mar 29, 2018 #3 of 182
    longrider

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    That is my understanding from the ads
     
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    realityboy

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    Yep, it looks like it’s NBC’s live musical for this year after doing Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz, etc.
     
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    RGM1138

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    I’m gonna watch to see Alice Cooper as Herod. Should be interesting.
     
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    TonyD79

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    This seems safer to me to do since there is no iconic version in people’s heads. Just the music. I’ve seen various takes on it on tv and in person (the worst was the theatrical movie but it wasn’t totally horrible) and they tend to work.
     
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    vman41

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    I played the 1970 album a lot, didn't care that much for the movie (Roman guards with submachine guns?). I like the social psychology of the mob, which swings from "Christ you know I love you" to "Crucify him!".
     
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    mlsnyc

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    I thought the sequel was pretty good...

     
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    That Don Guy

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    That is my impression as well, although they keep calling it "in concert," which usually means that it's not really "staged" - just the performers standing behind music stands singing and/or talking to each other. Then again, it could just mean that it's not "elaborately staged."
     
  11. Mar 29, 2018 #11 of 182
    jsmeeker

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    That is what I was wondering. If it all takes place on a single stage. Like in a theater or something where an audience could watch. Like the way you watch a broadway production. Or is it being done like the others shows (Sound of Music, Peter Pan, etc.) where they built multiple, large sets on huge soundstage.
     
  12. Mar 29, 2018 #12 of 182
    spartanstew

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    JCSS is probably my favorite musical.

    But, I have no real interest in this. From the promo's, it's evident that the cast is wearing mic's throughout the production. I don't like that. If I'm going to see a play that takes place 2000 years ago, I don't want to see microphones. Plus, I'm not a big fan of celebrity casts for these things. I'd rather see a real Broadway cast.
     
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    vman41

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    John Legend is the headliner as being in the title role, but Judas is the better part. Looks like they gave that job to a real actor.
     
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    pdhenry

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    You know that a real Broadway cast would be wearings mics in 2018, right?

    I was trying to decide whether the promo footage is as it will be presented or just rehearsal.
     
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    spartanstew

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    No, I didn't know that. That's common practice now? Would they be so visible?
     
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    pdhenry

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    Typically they're small and inconspicuous (but not completely invisible). Smaller than a head mic used in a concert. Here's a typical one:

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    I'll reserve judgement on Sunday's show until it airs.
     
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    longrider

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    We will find out Sunday but my feeling is the promo footage was rehearsal. It did not look like a finished production
     
  18. Mar 30, 2018 #18 of 182
    Mikeguy

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    Well, Jesus and Judas and Mary weren't really rock-singing their lives 2000 years ago. ;) I think that JCSS typically is stylized along one or more angles, given the nature of the music and show.
    And for a rock concert/show such as this where realism is not really a given, given the very nature of the show, it's not uncommon for mics to be apparent--the audience already is very much suspending its disbelief while watching the performance (and I think that, at times, the use of apparent mics actually can increase the "excitement factor" some, making the performance seem more like a big-arena concert).
     
  19. Mar 30, 2018 #19 of 182
    Hcour

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    I've seen several versions, the original album is still my favorite musically. Murray Head was a great Judas.

    The movie sucked large.
     
  20. Mar 30, 2018 #20 of 182
    John Gillespie

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    I looked through the cast listing and liked seeing so many Tony nominees. Cooper has played Herod before.
     

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