Jesus Christ Superstar in concert, 24.8.2012
Sibelius hall, Lahti
Hannu Lepola, Sami Hintsanen, Saara Aalto, Juha Kotilainen, Sam Huber, Anssi Valikainen and the the ensemble
I have many feelings when people say me something about Jesus andreligion as I'm an atheist. I had tried to listen to the music of Jesus Christ Superstar earlier but because I had no idea what was exactly happening, I didn't find it so amazing. So when I bought my ticket to see the concert version I just thought that maybe now it's time to try to understand this musical.
I love Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, but after seeing some parts of JCS on YouTube I wasn't so sure I would like this. I'm glad it proved me wrong. Musical about the life of Jesus and his death doesn't sound so interesting to me, because these things have never interested me.
There was only two weak links in the cast: Saara Aalto as Mary Magdalene and Sami Hintsanen as Judas. Both of them have good voices, but Aalto is more a singer than an actress so she wasn't so good. Sami Hintsanen's voice impressed me, it was better than I thought it would be but he didn't make me feel for Judas at all. Hopefully he will show me his acting skills when I'll see him in the Blood Brothers in few weeks.
Hannu Lepola was amazing as Jesus, I loved his Gethesemane, it was only time during the show when I noticed tears on my cheeks.
But if there wa sone who really got me, it was Anssi Valikainen as Pilate. His voice was great and you could see how he struggled inside while making hard decisions. Great acting skills and his voice was amazing!
This show was great and showed me a different side of he story I've known for a long time but never been really into it. This was just a concert version, so no big sets or anything. Hopefully this musical will come back to Finland as a full staged production.