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Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Bucharest


(C)2006 Mihai Radulescu - http://mtx.haos.roWho would have thought that the first Romanian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” would be staged by a group of students from professor Florin Zamfirescu’s class at the National University of Drama and Cinematography “I. L. Caragiale” (UNATC) in Bucharest, lead by professor Adrian Pintea? Well, it’s true ;)

I guess most of you have already seen one of the movies with the same title from 1973 or 2000, or have at least listened to a recording of it. This modern opera is a masterpiece – the more you listen to it, the more you begin to understand and love it. But anyway, this is not my main point here ;).

The first time I went to see the show at the Arcub Theater (because I have to admit I already went three times and, who knows, maybe I’ll go again ;) ) I was completely blown away. I imagined the show would be ok – but nothing more. Yes, I had the preconception that it can’t be exceptional, because I knew the actors were only students, still preparing for their big acting careers. But I was so wrong: nothing can beat a year of hard work, the professionalism of all the people involved, these students’ optimism and great attitude, their talent and – most of all – their unspoiled enthusiasm. Combine all of that with a modern opera as brilliant and as powerful as Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” and I guess it’s obvious that they can’t go wrong.

Most of all, I would have never guessed that young people preparing at UNATC can have such great voices – I would have thought that their acting skills are their biggest asset, but it’s obvious that they have a lot more to show. From this point of view I would totally mention the two leading actors who play the roles of Jesus (Daniel Dobre) and Judas (Dan Rădulescu) – some of their songs gave me serious goose bumps ;). Mihai Niţă (in the roles of Peter and Herod), Darius Daradici (Caiaphas) and Marius Miron (Pilate) are also very good.

However, I think that the greatest merit of the show lies most of all in the excellent interaction between the actors – you will most likely find several of them very gifted but you will probably be the most impressed by the way their group songs turn out, so uplifting and powerful.

Oh, and they dance really cool, the orchestra (Conservatory students) sounds very professional and the costumes and scenery are also very appropriate. Need I say more? ;)

Big “congrats” to them all – for their hard work and accomplishment of a difficult project – but most of all for the great feeling that they manage to translate to the audience.


If you haven’t seen it yet, there are four more shows left, on the 13th, 15th, 17th and 19th of july, at 19.00. The address of the Arcub Theater is Batistei str., nr. 14.

Enjoy ;) I know I definitely have.

You can find some of mtx’s pics of the show on his blog, on my blog or on the official website of the project.


2 comments so far

At first, I didn’t know wether to go or not, but your post convinced me. So, now I just came home from the show and I just can’t describe my enthousiasm!
I was particularly impressed by the actor who played Jesus. However, most actors have quite good voices. Some of the parts have some bits that are particularly difficult and, frankly, I had serious doubts that they would… well, deliver. I thought they would either get it wrong or take the easy way out and cut some parts. But [fortunately] I was so wrong!
They definitely deserve congratulations!

I’m very excited that I was able to convince someone to go see the show :)
The one from yesterday (the last one) was a complete hit although the conditions at Arcub kinda sucked: not enough room for everybody present, a horrible heat.. But the actors were fantastic, they completely knew how to end the series of representations.. At the end, when Pintea, the director of the show, introduced everybody and the crowd was completely extatic, shouting, clapping, “bravo”-ing continuously, I was so overwhelmed by their succes and how well they had succeeded, that I decided to leave so I wouldn’t start crying like a baby ;). I was very lame, but I was sincerely very very happy for them.

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