Perhaps the Lyric Opera is too big of a theatre for Jesus Christ Superstar. This is a very massive production with 48 cast members and a 43 piece band. When the chorus sings, it’s very difficult to understand what they are singing. This isn’t an issue when it comes to opera, since it is in a foreign language. Perhaps they should display surtitles for this production like they do for opera. However, when it is just one person singing, then the sound is good.
Thus, the second half of the show, when there are more solos, it is much better. Also, the action picks up with Jesus getting pelted with glitter 39 times and then crucified. It also contains the biggest song, “Superstar”. But still, the second half is probably not the same after not understanding what is happening the first half.
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