What Did She Say

My mind is always open

What’s the buzz? Tell me what’s happening.

The buzz is Jesus Christ Superstar and it’s happening at Stratford Shakespeare Festival this season.

I know. One would think a show where they sing pretty much every single syllable could get tedious, but na-uh. This is a fantastic production of a fabulous musical.

The set was amazing. I love what they did with the space. It was simple (to the eye, not in design, I’m sure). I loved their use of scrolling type, especially during the closing number.

I felt as if I was watching our vinyl record come to life. It was raw, with the 70s vibe this rock opera has at its core. I had such a great time I can even forgive Tim Rice for “rhyming” Lord and fraud; and Messiah and fire. (I know. Oy. He was young when he wrote the lyrics. I’ll let it slide.)

I absolutely LOVED King Herod’s song. Bruce Dow was absolute perfection. I would post a version of the song here, but I can’t find one on YouTube that even compares to the life he put into it. He made the song his own and it was full of complete fabulousness.

I found myself coveting Mary Magdalene’s dress (not the one in the picture). I loved how it draped off her body. (I guess I would need the body to go with the dress, though… sigh). The role was played beautifully by Chilina Kennedy, who I saw in Mamma Mia – and am looking forward to seeing in Grapes of Wrath at Stratford this season, too.

The entire cast was amazing. Not a flaw in the casting. Well done!

I am so excited to be a part of the Festival’s “tweet team” this season. (You can find them on Twitter @stratfest and @stratfestaaron. And each show has its own hashtag. This one is #ssfsuperstar.) I have the chance to see these fantastic shows for free – which is perfect for me, since this year it wasn’t looking as if I was going to be able to get to the shows any other way. This post was not swayed in any way by the fact I didn’t pay for my ticket. This is an awesome show, with a fun soundtrack, a fabulously creative set and songs you’ll be singing long after you leave the theatre. Do yourself a favour and make sure you see this production.

What are you waiting for? Go. Go now!

And here’s what Chris Farias (@kitestring) and I thought of the show immediately after we saw it.

 

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4 Responses so far.

  1. […] far this year I’ve seen four Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions. Jesus Christ Superstar is fantabulouly awesome and I hope to see it again before it moves on. Yes. It’s moving on. […]

  2. […] I saw Grapes of Wrath at the Avon Theatre. It’s the same theatre that houses Jesus Christ Superstar. And the fact that the Superstar set gets taken down and put back up all the time amazes […]

  3. Sheila says:

    Funny – my daughter said the same thing about Mary’s dress.
    Great show – only bad part was the person behind me singing along the entire time – annoying!

    • Jacki says:

      I totally get that! I’m there to hear the professional singers on stage sing the songs, not the audience. 🙂

      I appreciate the enthusiasm, but just lip sync, people!


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