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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Positive Comments for Charleston Deepening

first_imgThe SC Ports Authority has announced October volumes up nearly 17 percent year over year, continuing a strong growth trend in container traffic well above the organization’s financial plan.SCPA handled 164,672 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in October, up from 141,049 TEUs moved during the same month last year. Fiscal year to date, TEU volumes are up 14 percent and nearly 13 percent ahead of plan.As measured in pier containers, October volume increased 19 percent over the same month last year, with 94,470 boxes moved. Fiscal year to date, pier container volume is 12 percent over plan and 15 percent higher than the same period last year.Total breakbulk cargo tonnage also continues to climb, with fiscal year-to-date volumes 20 percent ahead of plan. Last month Charleston handled with 87,224 pier tons for an increase of 7 percent over fiscal year-to-date plans. Georgetown also contributed to strength in the business segment, with 62,591 pier tons handled in October for a 42 percent gain over planned fiscal year-to-date tonnage.The South Carolina Inland Port in Greer continues to exceed performance expectations, handling 4,678 rail lifts in October. Fiscal year to date, rail lifts at the facility are up 1.5 times over plan with 17,714 moves since July.“SCPA’s strong volume and earnings performance is broad-based and reflective of the growth in a number of market segments combined with the fact that our port continues to offer the highest levels of service and reliability in the US port industry,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.“While we are pleased with the strong levels of growth, we expect this growth to moderate in the last two months of the year and into next year. We do believe that the South Atlantic port market will continue to outperform the U.S. port market due to strength in manufacturing along with overall regional growth.”Newsome discussed the statewide support for harbor deepening received during the public comment period for the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).“We are grateful for the positive comments received concerning the Charleston harbor deepening study. Upon completion, the project will give Charleston the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast,” Newsome said.In action items, the Board approved an offer from the Furman Company Investment Advisory Services, LLC to purchase the Port of Port Royal for $15.42 million. Pending review and approval of the offer by the SC Budget and Control Board, the SCPA will issue a contract to the Furman Company and a formal inspection period will begin.“The SCPA is pleased to move forward with the presentation of the offer to the Budget and Control Board,” said SCPA Board Chairman Bill Stern. “We remain committed to selling the Port of Port Royal for the benefit of both the Town and Ports Authority.”Press Releaselast_img read more

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