Jesus Christ Superstar Musical (Kings Theatre Glasgow) 2023 : Review

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Performance: The Regents Park Open Air Theatre Production

Tickets Available at : uktour.jesuschristsuperstar.com

I purchased tickets to “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow as soon as I saw they were on sale, a musical I’ve seen more times than I can count.

Steve Balsamo and Glenn Carter, who have portrayed Jesus in previous performances, left a lasting impression on me. Steve’s beautiful voice and solid acting always stood out, but Glenn Carter, for me, takes the crown. His exceptional acting and singing consistently wowed the audience, and I remember the poignant moment during “Gethsemane” when tears welled up all around the theatre.

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However, this time, as soon as the curtains rose, it was evident that this rendition was unlike any I’d seen before. The entire cast seemed to have raided Zara for their outfits, with some rocking hoodies and trainers, giving the show a modern, streetwise vibe. This fresh take intrigued me, even though I didn’t spot any familiar faces playing Jesus. I reminded myself that I was here for the music I love.

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The staging was unique, with lighting setting the mood beautifully. However, I found the numerous changes to the original screenplay slightly disorienting. It became clear that this was a complete reinvention. I embraced this new visual experience while holding on to the beloved music.

This reinvention indeed had its merits. The use of microphones was innovative, but it occasionally stole some of the intimacy from the performance. When Jesus picked up a guitar during “Gethsemane” it shifted the focus away from the emotions. But let me tell you, the actor portraying Jesus had a remarkable voice. The audience was left in awe when he eventually put the guitar down and gave his all. The latter part of the song lacked the emotional connection I had seen in previous performances due to the guitar distraction, but his voice alone was enough to move mountains.

As the show ended, I overheard mixed reviews while leaving the theatre. Looking at the audience’s age group, it became evident that many, like me, expected the original performance and didn’t realize they were in for a reinterpretation.

While this reinterpretation was well-executed, some aspects disrupted the flow of the story. The expressive dancing, at times, felt more like a distraction, and the use of microphones made it seem like a gig rather than a musical performance. Picking up guitars during emotionally charged scenes further added to the distractions. Despite this, the acting and singing in most parts were powerful.

The ensemble of dancers and singers was impeccable. Each performer delivered a standout performance. The actor playing Jesus, when not preoccupied with the guitar, had an exceptional voice that could move anyone.

If you’re a staunch fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s original version, watching this reinterpretation may leave you with mixed feelings. The performance, staging, lighting, and dancing were all impressive, but certain elements, like the guitar, detracted from the emotional depth. Personally, I prefer the original, but that’s due to my attachment to it.

For younger readers or those who want to experience something fresh, this reinterpretation might be worth a try. Just keep in mind that the emotional connection from the original might be slightly diluted. I’m uncertain if I’d see this version again, but I’m glad I didn’t initially realize it was a different take. I would have missed out on witnessing incredible dancers, performers, and extraordinary singers.

In conclusion, if you’re a purist, you might want to stick to the original, but if you’re open to a reinterpretation with fantastic vocal performances, give it a shot.

MY OVERALL RATING★★★
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Les Miserables (Glasgow Theatre Royal) 2021 : Review

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Returning by popular demand following a sell-out run, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables returns to Theatre Royal Glasgow in 2021.

I first saw this show in London’s West End many years ago and instantly fell in love with it.

This musical had everything from amazing singers, stunning sets, great storylines and memorable songs that we all know and love.

When I heard it was coming to Glasgow I HAD to book tickets and see it.

Let me add if you have seen the musical movie and thought it was ok or very good, this has to be seen in the theatre due to the amazing singers and sets…the movie is ok but the musical is MUCH MUCH better and will blow you away!

The Show

I was very lucky and quickly jumped on after the tickets got released, and managed to get two front row seats. For a show like this these are the seats you need, as you feel part of the performance and story from start to finish.

As soon as the orchestra played that first note, I was instantly drawn in and had a massive smile on my face.

For me Colm Wilkinson will always be Jean Valjean, so Dean Chisnall had big boots to fill. Dean was amazing, and at parts he sounded like a younger Colin Wilkinson for me…just in some parts of each songs.

Another performer that caught my attention was Nathania Ong (Eponine) she had such a lovely voice and her solo was so so good! her acting was also very good as you felt sorry for her, due to the storyline.

Javert performed by Nic Greenshields he was such a powerful and amazing singer, and the bridge scene blew me away how well done it was and how smooth it happened!!

The Sets & Orchestra

I have now seen Les Miserables several times in London and now in Glasgow, and something I always say to people is how fantastic the sets are and how smooth the transitions are.

My friend was with me tonight and that was also his comment, how smooh everything was.

Orchestra wise…wow!!!! I was front row so it was amazing and how good they sounded so a massive well done to the set designers etc and the whole orchestra.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Tonight’s performance was just as wow as it was the first time I saw Les Miserables.

Everyone was amazing, and the whole evening was just amazing.

If you have never seen this, and love musicals I highly recommend you see it!!!

Book Now : https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/les-miserables/theatre-royal-glasgow/

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Journey in to French Music Part 2

It has been a while since I posted a music blog, so I thought I would start with part 2 of French music.

Please do check out part 1 of you missed it, and hopefully you will be introduced to some new music.

Below are some more French artists and songs I listen to on a regular basis.

Slimane : Frerot

Maitre Gims – Yolo

GIMS x DADJU x SLIMANE – Belle 

VITAA & SLIMANE – Ça ira

Remember to check out my first post here and hope you have enjoyed listening to some new music for you.

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