A LEGEND I N THE MAKING
AFTER re-immersing myself in this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice classic, I went in search of the critical response to this innovative and risky programming. And there was plenty of good news (Biblical pun intended). While we’ve made it all about John Legend as Jesus Christ today, critics were equally impressed by the actor pitted against him, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas Iscariot. Unless you’ve seen him on Broadway in this talented singer might not be on your radar. He will be on mine after this – almost stealing the show from Legend, with his well-paced and poised performance. were huge fans of his delivery in this, arguing he “gave heft, complexity and a majestic fatality to his Judas, who is perhaps the most coherent and even sympathetic character” in the 1970 rock opera. “Dixon’s voice was piercing and urgent as he contemplated betraying Jesus and the actor’s work was stunning just before Judas committed suicide; a gut-churning act that was staged cleverly and affectively.” I’d add that Legend’s musical talents hold up beautifully in this, but Dixon outacts him; as does Sara Bareilles, who plays Mary Magdalene. If there’s one thing I would take fault with, it’s what Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen tweeted about – the plunging necklines worn by her sexy hubby and Judas. A cool and contemporary take on a classic.