This time last year I was lucky enough to go and see the Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar featuring Ben Forster, Tim Minchin, Melanie Chisholm and Chris Moyles. It was on at the Capital One Arena in Nottingham and I went with a friend as a birthday treat. I’d seen Ben, Tim and Mel C on the Jonathan Ross show performing one of the songs and I was hooked. I’m a big Tim Minchin fan anyway, and knew he would be incredible in this but little did I know how incredible the whole experience would be.
If you know me personally, you’ll know how much I love to sing and how much I love musical theatre. Being in the same room (ok, arena) as some of the most talented performers makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. It quite simply fills me the biggest joy to hear such amazing voices and see such wonderful shows. So as you can imagine, seeing the Arena Tour in front of thousands of people was just breathtaking.
The end of last month saw another birthday (I try to forget these days) and a little bundle of gifts including the Jesus Christ Superstar DVD, so I thought I’d do a review. Mainly I’ve been drawn to writing about it because of the impact it’s had on the children. They knew nothing of it, of course, until I put it on. And then there were hooked. Totally. Utterly. Completely.
I can safely say the DVD has been played for at least an hour a day after school, sometimes more. Miss R, 6 knows a lot of the words and could easily play understudy for Mary Magdalene. They have favourite songs, laugh along with Chris Moyles’ King Herod and marvel at the story of Jesus. We aren’t a religious family but this has really drawn them in and Miss R has even asked for a children’s Bible from Santa.
I can’t express enough how stunning Ben Forster is when he sings the very famous Gethsemane, and Tim Minchin steals the show at times with a powerful, modern Judas. If you get chance to see the actual show it’s a must, but the DVD is still the next best thing.
Here’s Ben as Jesus, singing his incredible version of Gethsemane:
It might not be your thing (it’s driving my Husband mad at the moment) but if it is, this is as good as it comes!
The DVD is available on Amazon for £11.47.