The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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