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Everything's alright with this production

Updated: Feb 20

Lyrics by Tim Rice

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Photo credits by Paul Coltas

Review by David Bithell

It was March/April 1989. This is when I was first introduced to the theatrical performance of Jesus Christ Superstar. I was 11, I was playing the part of James (one of the apostles) and I was shaking in my boots, this was my first school play where I got to be on stage.

From the moment you hear the Overture, Heaven on their minds and What's the Buzz, this 40 something member of the Regent Theatre auditorium was teleported back to 1989, it gave me such wonderful memories and I found myself singing along albeit in my head just to stop my sister from throttling me and the stranger sat to the left of me elbowing me in the ribs.

Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless rock opera that has captivated audiences for decades. Its electrifying score and compelling storytelling continue to resonate with theatergoers around the world (even us Stokie's on a cold wet Monday night in Hanley).

The Regents Park Open Air Theatre production is powerful, music you know and love from the production and a thought-provoking narrative, combined with innovative staging and choreography, make for a truly immersive theater experience. The performers' passionate and emotive portrayals bring the characters to life in a way that keeps audiences spellbound from start to finish.

The vocals were on point, and Ian McIntosh's rendition of Gethsemane was chilling, beautifully vocally and drew me and the crowd in, it was spell binding and absolutely had the audience in the palm of his hand. It was one of the stand out performances I have ever seen at The Regent Theatre, I will be talking about it for weeks. Luke Street was the stand in playing the part of Judas who was equally standing side by side vocally with Ian and the rest of the ensemble. Other notable performances was that of Hannah Richardson who played Mary and Timo Tatzber who was a very convincing King Herod.

The musical's exploration of timeless themes, such as faith, sacrifice, and the complexities of the human experience, make "Jesus Christ Superstar" a production that leaves a lasting impact on those who experience it. Whether you're a fan of musical theater or simply looking for an engaging and moving performance, "Jesus Christ Superstar" at The Regent Theatre Hanley is a must-see.

Overall, "Jesus Christ Superstar" continues to garner praise for its electrifying energy, emotional depth, and enduring relevance. It's a production that resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, making it a truly unforgettable theatrical experience, It will be one of the best if not the best production at the Regent Theatre this year.

Big shoutout to Matt Bateman who originates from these parts and you could tell at the end how thrilled he was performing in front of his home crowd.

Jesus Christ Superstar is at The Regent until Saturday 24th February 2024.

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