Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group and AEG Live announce the first ever UK arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar.
Award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin – also the co-writer of West End smash musical Matilda – is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’. Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, and BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as ‘King Herod’, in what is set to be one of the biggest and most impressive arena tours to hit the UK.
The ITV primetime show ‘Superstar’ will give the UK public the chance to decide who will play the starring role of ‘Jesus’, with a panel of live show judges led by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London’s West End, the Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour stops off in Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday October 21. Tickets, priced £45, £55 & £65 (subject to booking fee) go on general sale Friday May 18, at 9am in person at the Arena Box Office, by phone on 0114 256 56 56 or online at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
Andrew Lloyd Webber said:
“Jesus Christ Superstar began life as an album followed by a sell-out arena tour of the US. Our very first show was at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where we played to over 13,000 people. Tim and I have always wanted to take Superstar back to its roots and we are both delighted that it will finally play an arena tour in the UK in venues where many of the world’s great rock acts have gone before. We’re thrilled to have such great talent in the cast for the new show – they are all true ambassadors of UK entertainment. The re-mastered album sounds fantastic and we hope that fans both old and new will enjoy it.”
Tim Minchin said:
“As a huge fan of Jesus Christ Superstar, I’ve always thought it needed three key things: a big cast and band; loads of volume; and me playing Judas. I’ve been in two small productions of the show, and understudied the big man both times. I am really bloody excited about this.”
Melanie C said:
“I have been lucky enough to perform at arenas across the globe and to star in London’s West End but taking on the role of Mary Magdalene in the incredible Jesus Christ Superstar has to be one my most exciting challenges to date.
I can’t wait to take the show to some of my favourite venues in the UK with such a talented and formidable cast including Tim and Chris.”
Chris Moyles said:
“To receive a phonecall from Andrew is very cool, but then when he asks you to be in his musical that’s pretty amazing and there is only one thing to respond with... And that is yes! Absolutely! My mum’s gonna be well excited!”
The Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour is a co-production between AEG Live, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group. ‘Superstar’ is an ITV Studios Production for ITV1.
Tickets for the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield show on Sunday October 21, priced £45 & £65 (subject to booking fee), go on general sale Friday May 18 9am. To book call 0114 256 56 56, visit Motorpoint Arena Sheffield or in person at the venue.