Jesus Christ Super Star is a triumph for the producers with the vision, the best of Canberra’s musicians , a cast with oodles of talent and enthusiasm and the team that made it all happen on a night that would freeze the proverbial but lit up the AIS Arena and lived up to all our expectations.
My expectations were benchmarked by Harry Miller’s early 70’s productions initially with Trevor White as Jesus, Jon English as Judas and Michele Fawdon as Mary Magdalene but time did not diminish the sheer joy of this show’s show stopping songs, music to rock the arena and a cast with voices that soared. Especially Jenna Roberts as Mary Magdalene. She is a star equal to the exceptionally talented professional duo of Luke Kennedy (Jesus) and Michael Falzon (Judas) who as a threesome were the pivotal heart of this production.
And as a magical musical ride down memory lane I’d happily go back for more. The lighting design was everything – and more- from the lighting box of Phil Goodwin, the sound was true to the softest of sounds and the lift the roof off chorus of voices and in the exceptionally capable hands of Chris Neal.
Neal is one of the foursome of visionaries who make up PeeWee Productions with the go-to man for musicals, Director Stephen Pike, the master Musical Director Ian McLean and the indefatigable Publicist, Coralie Wood who with sponsorship from Sneddon Hall and Gallop made it happen.
Jordan Kelly as choreographer kept it on trend, we don’t know how they danced in the Gethsemane gardens of Jerusalem, but this show demands you step outside the conventional, and they did. Anna Senior sourced costumes from every known nook and cranny, Sharon Tree coached the voices beautifully- so good I’d reckon the “disciples chorus” has a big future - and the after party was a fitting thank you to all involved. All it needs is you......AIS Arena until June 7 and wear your thermals.