What Was It Like to Watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Live?

first_imgThe Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Photo by Eric King) Last night, NBC resurrected the classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar just in time for Easter. Following up the network’s past live musical broadcasts such as The Wiz, The Sound of Music and Hairspray!, this Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner follows Jesus and his apostles in the days before his crucifixion. Audiences saw the stunning performances from John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Brandon Victor Dixon, but they didn’t see what happened on the set when the cameras were switched off. Broadway.com did, though, and we’re letting you in on some moments you might not have caught at home. So, what was it like to watch Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, live?1) Some of the audience was bussed to the set from another location…And most of us didn’t know where we were going. We were transported à la high school field trip through Brooklyn from the 1 Hotel to the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, a huge, 19th Century 165,000-square-foot brick fortress that’s become a popular set for filmmakers. This was the crowd after that Show stopping Gethsemane #JesusChristSuperstarLive pic.twitter.com/08cSqOIoHl— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 2, 2018 Pre-show for Jesus Christ Superstar Live(!) giving us Post WWII European chapel pic.twitter.com/vUiuAxB4V8— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 1, 2018 3) Glitter cleanup is a hard job.In addition to sand that ensemble members scattered across the stage, glitter from the “The Temple” scene as well as (spoiler alert?) Judas’ suicide, seemed to reproduce over time. It took two commercial breaks, a team of eight guys frantically sweeping and eventually a vacuum, just to clean it up.4) The ensemble were the unofficial hype team. Cast members would run up to the mosh pit off stage and wave their arms up to get the audience going. Plus, during commercials, family and friends would shout to the performers they knew and cast members blew kisses to them. 5) Marc Platt wants you to dance!Before the show started, the super-producer encouraged the audience to—if the spirit so moved them—shout, dance, sing along and flail their arms in the air. In “Hosanna,” the front row and mosh pit earned their spotlight with some arm waving.6) There was a not-so-strict dress code. An email sent to audience members read “Production kindly requests that guests come dressed for a rock concert…Casual & fun attire (i.e., no sports coats).” Platt asked that the audience take their coats and jackets off so that they looked more like a rock concert crowd and not a bunch of musical theater nerds. (I’m looking at you, grandma in the fuchsia quarter zip!) John Legend ascends with the help of the ensemble. (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC) 2) It felt like a football game. Within the first moments of the opener, Brandon Victor Dixon (as Judas) got the audience clapping, waving and stomping so much that you could feel the bleacher seats swaying. After the curtain call, members of the first few rows thought they were at the Super Bowl and stormed the stage to dance with the ensemble members and Alice Cooper. 7) People went nuts over John Legend’s “Gethsemane.”It was one of three show-stopping moments that had the audience on their feet, including Alice Cooper’s appearance as Herod and Brandon Victor Dixon’s excellent riffing in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (It was a little weird, though, to see people dancing in the audience while John Legend was hanging on the cross covered in fake blood.)8) We couldn’t hear some parts, either. Before going live after commercial, members of the audience would start cheering before the actors even did anything. It’s a rock concert, after all. This sometimes meant the beginnings of songs were garbled, which seems to have translated on air as well. John Legend in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert'(Photo: Peter Kramer/NBC) They’re storming the field????#JesusChristSuperstarLive pic.twitter.com/QzZwCXAvRB— Eric King (@erickingdavid) April 2, 2018 9) The set was huge. You probably noticed that at home, but we want to reiterate it here. Around 25 ensemble members had to run up and down the long set just to hit their cues. It makes sense, because Andrew Lloyd Webber never wanted this rock opera in a traditional proscenium theater, which is why he objected to the original 1971 Broadway production. This production wasn’t filmed on a sound stage, like Hairspray! and Sound of Music were. Instead, multiple cameras in the audience, on stage and overhead captured the action on the singular stage.Last night’s exciting broadcast has us pumped up for the next scheduled musical, Fox’s Rent, which is scheduled to air on January 27, 2019. Hell, they can reuse the scaffolding! View Commentslast_img read more

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Come See About Me! Nik Walker & Matt Manuel to Join Broadway’s Ain’t Too Proud

first_img James Harkness Ephraim Sykes View Comments Related Shows from $49.00 Jelani Remy Get ready! Broadway’s hit Temptations musical Ain’t Too Proud will welcome Nik Walker and Matt Manuel to the cast on February 28. They will take over the roles of Otis Williams and David Ruffin, respectively, from Tony nominees Derrick Baskin and MJ-bound Ephraim Sykes, who will take their final bows at the Imperial Theatre on February 26.Walker has previously appeared on stage in Hamilton, Motown: The Musical and Peter and the Starcatcher. Manuel will make his Broadway debut in Ain’t Too Proud; he made his professional acting debut in the national tour of Motown: The Musical.Walker and Manuel will join a principal cast that includes James Harkness as Paul Williams, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin and Jelani Remy as Eddie Kendricks.Ain’t Too Proud follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.Featuring a Tony-nominated book by Dominique Morisseau, direction by two-time Tony winner Des McAnuff, Tony-winning choreography by Sergio Trujillo, music direction/arrangements by Kenny Seymour and vocal supervision by Liz Caplan, Ain’t Too Proud features a score made up of The Temptations’ legendary songs including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Derrick Baskin Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations Nik Walker & Matt Manuel Nik Walker Matt Manuel Star Files Jawan M. Jackson View All (7)last_img read more

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Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria coming to former Panzon’s space in Lenexa

first_imgRudy’s Tenampa Taqueria will open its second location in Lenexa in the space formerly occupied by Panzon’s. Photo credit Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria.A taqueria that’s built up a loyal following at its original location on Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo., over the past 25 years will be opening an expansion location in Lenexa.From left, Rudy’s family members BJ Garcia, Regina Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Margie Garcia, Brandie Garcia & Anthony GarciaRudy’s Tenampa Taqueria said it expects to be open in the former Panzon’s space in the Country Hill Shopping Center at 87th Street and Lackman by mid-August. Panzon’s had been operating in the location for nearly three decades when it closed abruptly in March.Rudy Garcia, founder of Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria, said the location’s history as a Mexican restaurant was among the factors that led to the decision to open his second location there. Rudy’s expects to bring back some of the employees who had been working at Panzon’s at the time it closed to work at the new Country Hill spot.“Our family and employees are excited to bring our traditions and authentic Mexican cuisine to Lenexa,” said Garcia, “We look forward supporting the city as well as the community as a whole for many years to come.”The original Rudy’s opened in September 1993, with a menu featuring recipes from Rudy’s mother Dora.last_img read more

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Third Italian club join race for Tottenham defender, preparing for upcoming…

first_imgFor the past few weeks, it’s been all about Napoli for Kieran Trippier. The Tottenham defender has been heavily linked with a move away from his current club in the upcoming transfer window, and while Manchester United or another English club would make the most sense, a move to Serie A appears to be a serious option for the 28-year-old.Carlo Ancelotti admitted being interested in the Spurs right-back recently, and while that doesn’t mean he will definitely end up playing under the former Chelsea manager, it certainly proves the previous rumours were true.However, Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday reveal Napoli aren’t the only Italian side looking at Trippier, as Inter are also after a player in his role are ‘monitoring his situation’.Embed from Getty ImagesThey explain both Kalidou Koulibaly’s club and Juventus are also after the defender, but the nerrazzuri are preparing for an ‘auction’ and ‘want to be there until the very end’.This comes despite their reported advanced talks with Manchester City’s Danilo, suggesting they might prefer Trippier over the Brazilian if they were given a choice.We’ll have to wait and see what comes from all this, but it’s certainly gearing up to becoming one of the more prevalent stories of the next few months.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comTop Successful Single Men in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more

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Liverpool Beat 10-Man Palace To Go Second

first_imgLiverpool are up to second on the Premier League table following their 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the last match of week two.The London club proved tough to break down for the Reds until former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho tripped star player Mohamed Salah in the box.James Milner stepped up to score the penalty and edge Liverpool ahead on 45 minutes.Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker made some saves to keep his side in the game after the halftime interval and the five-time European champions were handed a big reprieve when Crystal Palace defender Aaron Van Bissaka was sent off for denying Salah a clear goalscoring opportunity.In-form Senegalese forward Sadio Mane then wrapped up the victory for Liverpool in added time.The victory takes Liverpool to second spot and behind Manchester City on the Premier League table, while Palace drop two places from 8th to 10th as a result of their first league defeat in the new season.RelatedHalf a Century of Goals for Salah as Liverpool Survive Palace ScareJanuary 19, 2019In “England”Liverpool Vs Manchester City Combined XI: Who Makes The Team?November 8, 2019In “England”Beating Liverpool is ‘virtually impossible’ says Cardiff City CoachOctober 26, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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