Jesus Christ Superstar Review

Sheffield Theatres presented ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at the Lyceum Theatre on April 21.

With powerful and catchy songs such as ‘Hosanna’, ‘I don’t know how to love him’ and the eponymous ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, it felt like the whole audience was humming along.

The story follows Jesus in the final seven days of his life and I couldn’t help smiling when I overheard the lady next to me whisper to her husband, “spoiler alert: Jesus dies.”

Indeed, as one of the oldest and best known stories in the world, only Andrew Lloyd Webber could turn it into a ‘Rock Opera’.

Rachel Adedeji was perfect as Mary Magdalene, with her measured vocal performance peaking at the most powerful moments. Her sensitive portrayal of the Messiah’s lady love contrasted with Glenn Carter’s showmanship of Jesus; his impressive vocal range making him truly the centrepiece of the story.

Tim Rogers delivered the tortured Judas well; his voice breaking with emotion as he betrays his friend.

Cavin Cornwall delivered a deliciously dark portrayal of the high priest Caiaphas; seemingly gliding across the stage as his baritone belted out ‘This Jesus must die’.

Tom Gilling’s King Herod was hilarious and with so many strong performers in the cast, Sheffield Theatres put on a fabulous show.


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