REVIEW: Last night's premiere of this version of the famous 1970 rock opera Superstar was a tour de force for all concerned.
It deserves a full house for every performance, and director Kimble Henderson deserves high praise for bringing the best from a large cast. Kudos also to musical director Luke di Somma and choreographer Bronwyn Chittock.
The set from Geoff Kerr and his crew, enhanced by the lighting and sound effects of a knowledgeable stage crew, was most effective, and the great costumes, in the punk style largely, underlined the very nature of the opera.
The story, of the last days of Christ, is deep in our culture, Tim Rice's lyrics are well known, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's music is brilliant.
There was a stand-out performance by Nic Kyle as Jesus. His powerful voice and range of expression held the audience spellbound, but equally masterful were the voices of Mikee Dickson as an agonised Judas, of Felicity Bruce as Mary (particularly in the haunting I don't know how to love Him, of course), Bradley Craig as Pontius Pilate, and Aaron Segar as the splendidly evil Caiaphas.
Murray Cleverley's cameo as Herod, the charming presence of three children, and the acting of Geoff Fuller (Peter), Gerry Edwards (Simon) and Gavin Wright (Annas), simply added to the musical magic. The ensemble of 20 harmonious voices, with the dozen simpatico orchestral players (with at times deliberately discordant, then exhilarating airs) and even the offstage chorus, gave a pleasing continuity, and Ms Henderson's use of varied groupings and movements, plus the changing backdrop and clearly enunciated lyrics, gave special emphasis to the events onstage.
An unforgettable show has had a wonderful first performance.
Long may the Drama League promote such amazing extravaganzas! Reviewed by Gordon Prowse
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