A LEG­END I N THE MAK­ING

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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.

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