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Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera to tour N. America


04-07-2014 02:19 BJT

The 1970s rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9th.

The latest incarnation of "Jesus Christ Superstar" will feature punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon as King Herod... Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene. Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of ’N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show "Superstar," will play the son of God.

"It’s definitely special to me. Interesting is the word that comes to mind. That’s because he is probably the most reviled in history." Brandon Boyd said.

The guitar- and keyboard-driven musical, which debuted on Broadway in 1971, includes such songs as "What’s the Buzz?" "Superstar," "Everything’s Alright" and "I Don’t Know How to Love Him."

The show will have four video cameras broadcasting the show onto screens and use the latest in lighting and sound technology.

"We have been backstage just cracking up because a lot of obviously come from groups and now we’re gonna form our own little group, our own little family. I’m excited and I’m honored to be with some amazing people." Michelle Williams said.

Chasez said the cast - with backgrounds from punk to pop - are bringing different performance styles to create something special.

"There’s nothing wrong with aiming high, man. And if you’re gonna aim high, it’s gonna be Webber and Rice. And you’re also talking about a story that everyone knows. And the music suits a big room. It’s rock and roll music. It deserves to be loud and I’m looking forward to it."

The tour will start at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and include stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York City, before ending in Philadelphia on August 16th.

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