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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ arena tour coming to Tampa with all-star cast


Published:   |   Updated: April 4, 2014 at 02:33 PM

Punk rockers, pop divas and boy banders will collide on stage this summer when a star-studded, touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” stops in Tampa.

Incubus vocalist Brandon Boyd (Judas Iscariot), *NSYNC member JC Chasez (Pontius Pilate), and Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams (Mary Magdalene) will be part of a cast of more than 50 performers when the arena tour comes to the Forum on June 15.

British punk legend Johnny Rotten Lydon, of Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. fame, will play King Herod, while British actor Ben Forster will play Jesus in the show, which promoters say has been “reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular.”

The 50-city North American tour will kick off in New Orleans on June 9.

Tickets for “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Forum go on sale April 11 through Ticketmaster outlets, the Forum box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Prices will range from $44.50 to $174.50.

The North American leg of the “Jesus Christ Superstar” tour comes after successful arena tours in Europe in 2012 and Australia in 2013.

“We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show,” Rice said in a statement. “We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for Superstar has been maintained over the years and this new production presents the work in its most powerful format - as a true rock experience.”

The original production earned five Tony Award nominations, including one for Ben Vereen, who played Judas. A film version was released in 1973 and the last Broadway revival was staged in 2012 under the direction of Des McAnuff.

The musical dramatizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate and his ultimate crucifixion. It marked an early collaboration between Lloyd Webber and Rice, who would go on to create “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Evita.”

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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