Jesus Christ Superstar, the popular music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, has been reimagined as an arena rock spectacular for the 21st century. The North American arena tour of the ground-breaking rock musical will launch this summer taking the musical to 50+ cities including Nashville, New Orleans, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and other cities. The announcement was made Friday, April 4, 2014, in New York.
Featuring a cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars, the arena tour will run from June 9 to August 17. Brandon Boyd of rock band Incubus will play Judas Iscariot; *NSYNC vocalist JC Chasez will play Pontius Pilate; Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams will be Mary Magdalene; Public Image Ltd. (PiL) lead singer John Rotten Lydon will play King Herod; and British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as ‘Jesus.’
“Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a rock album...probably because nobody believed back in 1969 that you could present a stage musical about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ," says Andrew Lloyd Webber. " I shall never forget its first live performance in the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh on July 12th 1971. Of course JCS subsequently became a legit theatre stalwart, but I, personally, have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started,"
Some hankerings do come true, Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Catch Jesus Christ Superstar on June17 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. For other tour dates visit North American Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar
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