He concentrates most of the time on working with his band Divisions Real and teaching with W1 Workshops with his wife. I believe that this is a choice he made (to work on his own music) and the word "sad" is just unnecessary and impolite.
David was great in Passion and somehow made Raoul in Love Never Dies pretty great. Pilate does seem like a step down for him.
I feel that casting a black Judas has become just a boring institutionalized casting choice for the role. God forbid should they blind cast Jesus and cast a black guy-or shock gasp-a brown guy.
Overall it's boring and uninspired. I'm not getting a specific vibe from this production. The Lyceum and recent Arena version both had a vision and vibe that came across even from their basic marketing and communication, but I'm having difficulty picking anything up from this version.
Judas is black in the film... I've seen a black Jesus in concert- Ray Shell at the Barbican a long while back. Mary Magdalene was black in the first tour. Celina Duncan. And Caiaphas and Annas were always black in the original London production. Black. Brown. White. I don't care really in this show.
The chap they've got for Jesus this time looks a bit too old next to the others. (Not that this is unheard of: Glenn Carter looks like everyone else's dad in the most recent touring production.) Now this grates with me more than the colour thing...
Post by theatremadness on Jun 6, 2016 23:43:13 GMT
The casting for this was really heavy on having non-MT performers, in fact I think a phrase that was used was "boho/grunge" so I guess that ties in with a more concert style approach, and unknown performers (bar Thaxton, Huntley and definitely a few MT performers in the ensemble!).