LEGEND LIVES UP TO HIS NAME
FOR John Farnham fans like me, it’s hard to think anyone other than the original Whispering Jack could bring to life the son of God role in this classic rock opera. Cue, crooner John Legend, whose dulcet tones and surprising acting skills took me by surprise and won over this Farnsey tragic with his ‘filmed as live’ performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice production. The
singer brings a contemporary cool to this powerful re-telling of the last days of Jesus Christ – airing for the first time in an edgy and engaging Bible story that should appeal to a modern audience. The staging, the lighting, the atmosphere generated by a live studio audience makes for a thrilling production and that’s before we talk about the talents of the ensemble, led by the multi-talented Legend and co-starring goth rock star Alice Cooper (as King Herod) and scene-stealing songbird Sara Bareilles (as Mary Magdalene). From the opening overture and unmistakable electrifying guitar riff, this is a must-watch.