There were lots of lovely elements in this production too....for instance the Sanhedrin including Caiaphas which were all girls - their lovely voices blended together beautifully as well as independently. I can easily say this was the best part of the whole production. Jesus' rock yell was awesome and none of us thought the actor had it in him and I forgave all his other faults jsut for that yell - acting especially which was mezzo mezzo as Italians say. The rock yell makes or breaks several of Jesus' song for me. (No one does it as well as Ted Neely or Eric Kunze....just sayin'.) Also both Pilate who singing of "Pilate's Dream" was the loveliest I've ever heard...it was sweet and clear and not over done. Herod were pretty good too even if the dancing was cliche, still the actor did a good job with what he was given. The young woman who played Mary Magdeline had a great voice but her acting left something to be desired. I didn't think she understood at all the part....it seems a lot of people who play the role don't and probably the director didn't either. I've seen only two productions where the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdeline was interpreted correctly imho. The International 2005 production with Eric Kunze and the Jeremy Hutton production at the Ralph Nadal Center with their youth actor group.
Still the musical itself is so enjoyable that you can't help but sing along and enjoy it for what it is. Looking forward to going back to Hart House at the end of their run to see how they've refined their performance.