The highly anticipated arena spectacular of Jesus Christ Superstar that was set to begin a 50-city North American tour has been cancelled. Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
The musical was originally conceived as a rock opera, and was later staged on Broadway in 1971. Jesus Christ Superstar follows the format of a traditional passion play and is loosely based on the Gospel accounts of the final week of Jesus' life. The production highlights the political issues of Jesus' time, as well as the tensions between Jesus and Judas Iscariot.
The U.S. arena spectacular had a star-studded cast, with Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd cast as Judas Iscariot, *NSYNC's JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate, Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child fame) as Mary Magdalene, and John Lydon (from Public Image Ltd (PiL) & Sex Pistols) as King Herod. Ben Forster, who played Jesus Christ in the Australian and UK tours of the show, was also set to reprise his role for the U.S. tour.
Stay tuned to PopWrapped to learn more about the cancellation of Jesus Christ Superstar, as details become available.
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