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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    I was looking for old farts. Didn't see any, but I guess us geezers who were alive when JCSS hit the record stores were not the target audience.
    They were like a drunk Vegas audience at an old rocker's revival show that shouts whenever he cranks out a high/long note even if he misses it, and goes wild whenever anybody they recognize walks on for a cameo. Pearls before swine. Live audiences can add a lot to a show, especially like this, but this one was as annoying (and predictable) as a laugh track.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    They were like a drunk Vegas audience at an old rocker's revival show that shouts whenever he cranks out a high/long note even if he misses it, and goes wild whenever anybody they recognize walks on for a cameo. Pearls before swine. Live audiences can add a lot to a show, especially like this, but this one was as annoying (and predictable) as a laugh track.
    The lead Pharisee (Victor Box on the record) was Caiaphas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    The lead Pharisee (Victor Box on the record) was Caiaphas.
    That's it! Those costumes were awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    To be fair to Legend, the show is Judas' to own or crap the bed. Jesus is just wallpaper for other characters to play off. He's a whiner.
    Understood. I just felt the John Legend has a serene quality that made him well cast as Jesus, you know? He wasn't overpowering, but I don't think he was supposed to be.

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    Amazing performances, in rough order: Judas, Mary, Pilate, the lead Pharisee in the Pinhead costume whose name I forget.
    Are you talking about Norm Lewis? I saw him perform with the Boston Pops on the Esplanade a few years ago, he was awesome. One of the comments I saw frequently last night was that, with the exception of John Legend, most of the performers were musical theater talent and not celebrity talent. Good job by the casting director(s).

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    Poor performances: none, though I wasn't wild about the Swede.
    Yeah, he was OK. Thankfully he really only had that one number.

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    The real star was the set designer. I'm biased because that was my old gig, but good lord I have rarely seen better sets. They were also shot beautifully, so the cinematographer/director should win something as well.
    Agreed. Wholeheartedly. That final scene with the cross disappearing into the light...I think I stopped breathing for a few seconds.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    They were like a drunk Vegas audience at an old rocker's revival show that shouts whenever he cranks out a high/long note even if he misses it, and goes wild whenever anybody they recognize walks on for a cameo. Pearls before swine. Live audiences can add a lot to a show, especially like this, but this one was as annoying (and predictable) as a laugh track.
    I was puzzled by the crowd. I don't think I've ever been to a Broadway musical when a crowd acted like that. Then I thought, well, they billed the show as "Live In Concert" so I'm wondering if that was the direction they were given. I feel like they toned it down a bit as the show progressed. Maybe the directors were following commentary on Twitter or something.

    I was bummed by the amount of ads. I am OK that they had them, but I felt the cuts to commercial were harsh, like a performer would finish a song and before he/she got his/her last breath, the screen went dark. I would've been OK with fewer, longer breaks. Though if they ever re-run this, and they should (like, next Sunday on Orthodox Easter!!), they should find a sponsor or two to show with limited commercial interruptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    I actually want to smash her face
    Me too. She is one of the most manipulative people I've ever seen profiled on TV. Just a terrible human, taking advantage of anyone and everyone.
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    Live action musical...Yeah, that is something that I would bash my head into a wall to avoid watching.
    Having a clear conscience just means you have a bad memory or you had a boring weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Though if they ever re-run this, and they should (like, next Sunday on Orthodox Easter!!), they should find a sponsor or two to show with limited commercial interruptions.
    I think this could / should become a tradition. I would watch it every Easter. It's one of the best tellings of the story I have ever seen and like I said I don't care for ALW and I'm not even that big a fan of JCS. But man this was good -- a solid A+.

    My favorite set pieces: the 4 stark chairs for Judas' betrayal, casting the money changers from the temple. And the receding cross was indeed a heart-stopping moment, even for a crusty old atheist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    Me too. She is one of the most manipulative people I've ever seen profiled on TV. Just a terrible human, taking advantage of anyone and everyone.
    This is how I feel about the Rachels in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Both utterly despicable, manipulative, non-self-aware users. I love both portrayals and the shock effect of the lead character who you expect to be sympathetic being a soulless monster, and I love the cognitive dissonance of the audience not getting it and making excuses for them -- the exact effect they depend on in their "real" life to get what they want. I hope to hell neither ever changes. I like my Houlihans evil to the bone, and I love when the writer punks the audience (and apparently the network).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    I was puzzled by the crowd. I don't think I've ever been to a Broadway musical when a crowd acted like that.
    It wasn't a Broadway crowd, it was a TV Event crowd. I assume they bussed them right over from Survivor or The Voice. Buncha boobs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    This is how I feel about the Rachels in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Both utterly despicable, manipulative, non-self-aware users. I love both portrayals and the shock effect of the lead character who you expect to be sympathetic being a soulless monster, and I love the cognitive dissonance of the audience not getting it and making excuses for them -- the exact effect they depend on in their "real" life to get what they want. I hope to hell neither ever changes. I like my Houlihans evil to the bone, and I love when the writer punks the audience (and apparently the network).
    The difference is, this is a documentary, and this woman is a real person.
    Having a clear conscience just means you have a bad memory or you had a boring weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    It wasn't a Broadway crowd, it was a TV Event crowd. I assume they bussed them right over from Survivor or The Voice. Buncha boobs.
    The directors were frightened by the crowd for they were getting much too loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by French Rage View Post
    Did it include the rumpus room and the Leftorium?
    not sure, but there was a bouncy house on the Oude Kwaremont.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    You missed something really good, and I typically don't like ALW at all. This was a truly great performance.
    I think I'm ok though, no regrets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    Live action musical...Yeah, that is something that I would bash my head into a wall to avoid watching.
    Right there with ya bigblue

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufus View Post
    I think I'm ok though, no regrets.
    "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
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    first, it wasn't a book, it was entertainment on the bewb tube.

    second, are you $lut shaming me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    Me too. She is one of the most manipulative people I've ever seen profiled on TV. Just a terrible human, taking advantage of anyone and everyone.
    Yeah, I finished episode 3 the other night. I'm with you two. FHwaC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblue_dl View Post
    The difference is, this is a documentary, and this woman is a real person.
    I think I've lost the thread. Who is it you are talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Understood. I just felt the John Legend has a serene quality that made him well cast as Jesus, you know?
    I agree. At times I thought he was sliding from Tranquil Jesus towards Stoned Jesus.
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    I think I've lost the thread. Who is it you are talking about?
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