×

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ North American Tour to Feature Johnny Rotten, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams

The newly re-imagined 21st century version of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” is set to tour North American as an arena rock spectacular.

The resurrected rock musical will hit the road this summer for a 50-city tour with its cast of rock, pop and R&B stars.

Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd is confirmed for the role of Judas Iscariot, with *NSYNC member JC Chasez playing the role of Pontius Pilate and Destiny’s Child alum Michelle Williams taking on the female lead as Mary Magdalene. Former Sex Pistols vocalist John Rotten Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) 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 show’s UK and Australian arena tours, will reprise 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,” Webber said in a statement. “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.”

The tour kicks off  on June 9 in New Orleans and includes stops in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York before wrapping in Philadelphia on August 17. Tickets will go on sale April 11.

More Legit

  • Moulin Rouge Broadway

    Listen: The Special Sauce in Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge!'

    There are songs in the new Broadway version of “Moulin Rouge!” that weren’t in Baz Luhrmann’s hit movie — but you probably know them anyway. They’re popular tunes by superstars like Beyoncé, Adele and Rihanna, released after the 2001 movie came out, and they’ll probably unleash a flood of memories and associations in every audience [...]

  • Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac

    Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to Star in Anton Chekhov's 'Three Sisters' Adaptation

    Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac are taking on an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” for New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan. The company announced on Tuesday that they will feature two final performances to round out the 2019 to 2020 season, including the Chekhov play. “Three Sisters” will be directed by Tony award-winning Sam [...]

  • montreal just for laughs Comedy Festival

    Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival Is the 'Coachella of Comedy'

    Every summer, Montreal becomes the epicenter of the comedy world as the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival takes over the Canadian city. Now in its 37th year, the mindboggling scale of the festival is there in the numbers: more than 1,600 artists from across the globe (speaking English, French and other languages) performing 250 shows [...]

  • The dark Manhatten skyline, seen from

    StubHub Refunds $500,000 to Customers Shut Out by New York Blackout

    Saturday’s blackout in New York had an outsized effect on the city’s nightlife, with Madison Square Garden and the entire Broadway district seeing multiple shows cancelled due to the the power outage. As a result, StubHub has refunded more than $500,000 worth of tickets for cancelled events. According to a statement from the company, the StubHub [...]

  • Warner Music Group Logo

    Warner Music Acquires Musical Theater Indie First Night Records

    Warner Music Group has acquired First Night Record, an independent record label for West End and Broadway musical theatre cast recordings. The company will be overseen by WMG’s Arts Music Division, led by President Kevin Gore. First Night co-founder John Craig will join the Arts Music team under a multi-year consulting agreement to identify and record musical theatre productions in [...]

  • Broadway

    Broadway Back In Biz After Power Outage Ends

    The bright lights of Broadway were back on Sunday morning as midtown Manhattan recovered from a power outage that lasted nearly seven hours in some areas. Social media was full of examples of how New Yorkers rose to the occasion after the power went out on a hot Saturday night shortly before 7 p.m. ET. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content