Music by Neil Berg
Book and Lyrics by Robert Schenkkan
Choreography by Connor Gallagher
Directed by Richard Seyd
The Denver Center
The Stage Theatre
The collaboration of Robert Schenkkan (book and lyrics) and Neil Berg (music and lyrics) together with Michael Mancini’s music direction of the above- stage band conspire to create a thunderous, ear-pleasing miracle. Enhanced by Connor Gallagher’s muscular choreography and Lap Chi Chu’s stunning lighting design, this is a powerhouse of a production.
Rock is a muscular choice for those emotions. (And this is hardly the first time the Jesus story has had a roiling rock ‘n’ roll score.) But it’s not simply the clangor of the five-piece band, conducted by Michael Mancini and supervised by Wendy Bobbitt Cavett, that whets the show’s edge. Choreographer Connor Gallagher gets at the gathered’s rage against the machine.