Tonight I wen to see the opening night of Jesus Christ Superstar in Anchorage.
Let me start off by saying that the show was great. The house was packed. Ted was, of course, Amazing. It has been 15 years since I have seen Ted in JCS in Boston with Carl Anderson as Judas. Naysayers be damned. I have heard plenty of snarky comments about Ted being too old to be playing this role anymore, what with him being twice the age of Jesus. Yet even in his 60's, Ted's performance tonight was every bit as good as it was back then. Gethsemane was breathtaking with the high notes that we all wait to hear. His performance was what I expected, Ted giving it his all.
I guess the tour originally started out with Corey Glover, from Living Colour, as Judas. By the time they got up here Glover had been replaced by James Delisco. Originally I was disappointed when I found out about this but Delisco was brilliant. His voice was fabulous and he was a great Judas. I got to meet him after the show and when he asked me where I was from he seemed sincerely amazed that I had flown 550 miles from northwest Alaska down to Anchorage to see the show.
Cristina Sass was a lovely Mary. Her voice is sweet yet strong and she was a pleasure to listen to.
All that being said I do have one complaint. The sound system. I realize that this was opening night at a new venue, but they really need to get the sound levels straightened out. The music was excellent, but it often seriously overpowered Ted, Delisco and the others. The lyrics tell the story and they were often drowned out.
I waited for a while after the show to see if Ted would come out. The place was almost empty when I gave up and headed back to my car. That's ok, I don't mind. I met him once before, on his birthday in 1993 at JCS in Durham, NH. I don't know what I would say to him anyway except maybe "Thanks for the awesome show".