Every once in a while there comes a show that is so outrageous it actually works. At least for the most part. One of those pieces is the new glam rock musical Coming, the bastard love child of The Rocky Horror Show and Jesus Christ Superstar. Written by Erik Ransom, most likely as a star vehicle for himself, Coming tells the tale of the second coming of Christ in the form of a beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed teenager from Bethlehem, PA.
The entire ensemble has such conviction in their performance. The shining star of the show is Glen North as Josh. North is a quadruple threat showcasing the obvious three threats and the fourth...his body, as director Rachel Klein clearly has no qualms asking her ensemble to show some skin. Coming was a wonderful "coming" out performance, pun intended, for the rising star. Counter Simmons was absolutely magnificent in his various parts. Simmons has a flawless voice, even rocking the angel wings and high heels as Israfil. Likewise, Ashanti J'aria was brilliant in her many comedic bits with a near spot-on parody of "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez. Erik Ransom as Damien Salt brought soul to the devil. For someone who wrote a part for himself, his vocals were by no means perfect but his comedy was. Salt did have a song or two too many. When Coming finds a bigger home, courting a real glam rock icon like Adam Lambert to play Damien will make Ransom's score soar.
There will be a second coming of Coming. The musical is bound to be a cult classic. With a fly-less venue and the ability to glamorize technically, Coming will gain a new following.