Saturday, April 19, 2008

Reviews from "Jesus Christ Superstar"

From Variety, 2003:
"When the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera made its groundbreaking transition from monster album to Broadway musical in 1971, Ben Vereen stole the show as Judas. In the majority of subsequent productions, Jesus has been routinely overshadowed by his betrayer. So the big news at the Wilshire is Christ's restoration from second banana to superstar, thanks to the outstanding voice and imposing presence of Eric Kunze in the title role."

From Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, 2004:
The principals for this tour are outstanding: Lawrence Clayton as an R&B hot-throb Judas singing a mocking version of "Superstar"; Eric Kunze as pure rocker Jesus; and Natalie Toro, who was in the earlier production, as the beautiful and touching Mary Magdalene, who confesses "I Don't Know How to Love Him." With their gorgeous performances, these players drew us deeply into the show instead of causing us to wince.

"The goal of actor Eric Kunze, in the title role, is to humanize Jesus. Kunze succeeds by offering us a Christ who begins with dignity and calmness but loses more and more control of his life as the musical progresses.

Kunze's singing is wonderfully magnetic. He makes going from a rock scream to a whisper sound easy. His physical acting also amply portrays his character's suffering."

"Kunze has a gorgeously effective range, one that easily moves from a tender tenor to booming baritone. His solo on Gethsemane is heart-breakingly beautiful, and his strength and subtlety as a singing actor (vs. a thundering rocker) make the crucifixion scene discomfitingly vivid."

From Classical Voice of North Carolina:
"Rising Broadway star Eric Kunze gives a passionate performance as Jesus, capturing Christ’s charisma and hitting all the high notes—some of which seem impossibly high."

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