ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended
"...Big Noise Theater’s new production, helmed by Stacey Flaster succeeds on every level. Ms. Flaster allows Superstar to be character driven and every performance she elicits from the phenomenal cast is powerful. Roy Brown may look young (and a lot like Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day), but he gives a vocally dominant performance and mature interpretation of Iscariot whose motives are nothing more than trying to save his best friend from a not so cool end. What the recent Strafford production focused on, and what is salient in Ms. Flaster’s production as well, is the love triangle between Jesus, Mary and Judas. Though not sexual (the Stratford production was a bit more homo-inciting), the relationship between Mary and Jesus seem to be the final straw that sends Judas to turn his brother in. Yes, this is the ultimate bro-mance. As Mr. Brown cries “when He’s cold and dead, will He let me be; Does He love me to? Does He care for me?”, this doomed relationship is cemented in a passion only two best friends can understand."
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Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended
"... What makes a solid production is the creative eye of the production team. Not just the director, but the designer, musical director, costumer, lighting and set designer and yes, even the props person. Let’s fact it ; without all the proper ingredients, even the best recipe may not taste the way Grandma made it. With a theatrical production, this also holds true. What they have on their stage is an incredible version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. Think back in time on this one- it was over 40 years ago that these two Brits changed the Musical Theater as we knew it. Who would have thought that a topic such as the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth would be accepted as a “musical”? Further, how about a musical without dialogue? Well these two Brits did it and not only did it change the complexion of what we are seeing on our stages year after year, but this particular “Rock Opera” continues to live on and thrill audiences with its glamorous score,; “Hosanna”, “Everything’s Alright”,”Whats the Buzz”,”I Don’t Know How To Love Him” and a host of others that once heard will bring back your memories of the 1970′s."
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