The hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar is here in Chennai during the weekend. I had seen this rock musical on Star World few years back on a Christmas Eve and I should say it was too nice for a musical. This was a musical by the Andrew Lloyd Webber. They producers of A R Rahman’s Bombay Dreams.
With Michael Bolton look-alike Jesus played by Glenn Carter, in the present version, dressed in pyjama and sometimes in jeans, it was one of the most modern adapted version of Christ’s story on the stage. Ian Gillian(Deep Purple) rocked as Jesus Christ in the original version.
The musical is staged in the Music Academy, Chennai on 6th and 7th of August, 2004. However, this is by another production called Hot Shoe Company(?) and I am not sure what kind of an adaptation this will be. Still, I’m curious, just for the Superstar song, to check-in and see the rocking Christ, live.
BTW, if you have the Vijay TV feed, do check-in today at 9 pm , for the Lollu Sabha where the Sagalai Vs Raghalai Santhanam plays a spoof on Virumandi. This show has come back after a long time and last week, the spoof on Autograph was cool.
2 responses to “Jesus in Jeans, rocking Chennai”
Lollu Sabha rocks. great place you have here, lazy
Hi, my life changed that fateful day in 2001, I think, when I saw on Star World JCS! Wow! Any amount of Wows would be an understatement! It was then that I started frantically searching for Webber music. I saw The Hot Shoe’s show staurday -and was both happy and disappointed at the same time. I gathered from the very first scene thast they have tried copying the same TV version – the look, the sets….
I was amazed by the sets – actually, just a single set, and the way it was lit – also by the visuals on the screen. Whoever has done them, Hats off! I was telling my friends – just wait 5 years and we in chennai will soon have the infra structure to stage a musical on the lines of Broadway. Kudos! Even the costumes, hai were great!
But the direction was pathetic – the acting, lame. Given, the director is a choreographer, but even the 3 dances that were present were not all that good.
Even their rewndition of the songs, the sound engineering – lacked the nuances, and the recording levels had to be fine tuned lot more.
So at the end of the day, I feel these guyus deserved a huge applause for their attempt – but at the same time one feels, this attempt could have been done by a more talented lot (excepting Sets, Visuala)