Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tales From the Front (Row)

Hi fans! I'm here in sunny California to see Eric Kunze star in Jesus Christ Superstar. After seeing him in six productions, he hasn't disappointed me yet. Each role has been so varied: from light (Joseph, Grease), to sarcastic (Evita), to heavily dramatic (Whistle Down the Wind, Miss Saigon, JCS). Whatever role he does, he gives 100%. A friend of mine, who has been in the orchestra for several of Eric's shows, said he was the gutsiest performer she had ever seen. He takes risks vocally and physically and they pay off. As an audience member you are sucked into his portrayal of the character. It's hard to take your eyes off of him when he's on stage.

I do have to look away, however, when he is being beaten or when he is hanging on the cross. It's so realistic I have to see him after the show to make sure he's OK. If they ever remake the movie, they'd be fools not to grab Eric for the lead.

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