The Carnegie in Covington has spent several years in search the best way to present musicals on the small, tight stage in its renovated Otto M. Budig Theatre. With this month’s minimally staged but aggressively choreographed production of Jesus Christ Superstar the formula now seems evident: Put the energy into the performance, keep the production simple and let the passion do the dazzling. Working with Northern Kentucky University’s Commonwealth Theatre Company and theater professor Ken Jones, the Carnegie finally offers a show that uses the theater effectively.
Admittedly, Superstar is an odd choice for December, retelling Christ’s last seven days. But Jones has assembled a talented and energetic cast plus a joyful chorus of two dozen in the theater’s balcony to create a performance with musical power and emotional impact.