Jesus Christ Superstar UK Arena Tour: O2 Arena London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham
January 7, 2013
The new arena production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s acclaimed musical Jesus Christ Superstar heads back on the road to The O2 Arena in London, plus Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Nottingham. Stars Tim Minchin, Melanie C, Chris Moyles and Ben Forster.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock classic Jesus Christ Superstar returns to tour the UK this Autumn in a unique Arena Tour production.
Following sell-out performances last year, this spectacular arena musical sees the return of multiple award-winning performer Tim Minchin as Judas, pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and BBC Radio 1′s Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles as King Herod.
Plus the role of Jesus will be played by Ben Forster, winner of ITV’s SUPERSTAR talent show.
The show will tour to the O2 Arena in London, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Nottingham.
THE HYDRO, GLASGOW
METRO ARENA, NEWCASTLE
CAPITAL FM ARENA, NOTTINGHAM
MANCHESTER ARENA, MANCHESTER
THE O2, LONDON
ECHO ARENA, LIVERPOOL
November 19, 2012
The DVD and Blu-Ray live recording of Jesus Christ Superstar has been released today.
Following the recent UK arena tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s smash-hit musical, Universal has released a special live recording of the show featuring the stellar cast that included the winner of ITV’s search for a Jesus, Ben Forster, alongside Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, comedian and writer Tim Minchin as Judas and Radio One star Chris Moyles as Herod.
The show was filmed live as part of the 2012 arena tour, allowing fans around the world to enjoy the production.
To celebrate the launch of the DVD and Blu-Ray, we have a special interview with Alex Hanson, who played Pilate in the production (see below).
An interview with Alex Hanson, who played Pilate in the UK arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar
The trailer for Jesus Christ Superstar
September 26, 2012
A round-up of reviews of Jesus Christ Superstar – UK Arena Tour.
A major new arena production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar has hit the UK, and reviews are now in.
The show divides critical opinion quite starkly, with a number of critics loving the spectacle and show’s modern-day setting against the backdrop of the Occupy London protesters, but others finding the volume and the scale of the show working against the material. Most critics praise the performances.
Celebrating 40 years since the show first opened in London’s West End, the show’s lead role of Jesus has been cast from recent ITV talent show Superstar – with Ben Forster crowned the winner. He is joined by comedian and writer Tim Minchin as Judas, former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and former Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles as King Herod.
The show is touring the UK including the O2 Arena in London, Glasgow SECC, Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, Manchester Arena, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Birmingham National Indoor Arena, Liverpool Echo Arena, Nottingham Capital FM Arena and the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.
See reviews below including from The Guardian, Telegraph and Independent. Viewing this on a tablet or phone? Click here.
September 11, 2012
- Rehearsal photos of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new UK arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar
- First Look! Melanie C as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar
This month sees the start of a major UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
Kicking off on 21 September 2012 at The O2 in London, the show will then tour the UK including Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Wembley Arena, Nottingham and Sheffield.
The show stars the winner of ITV’s search for a Jesus, Ben Forster, alongside Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, comedian and writer Tim Minchin as Judas and Radio One star Chris Moyles as Herod.
ITV’s Superstar | Ben Forster wins role of a lifetime as Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber TV search to cast Jesus Christ Superstar
It’s finally over! The search to find a Jesus to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar has concluded. In a tense final on Wednesday 25 June 2012, the three finalists – Rory Taylor, Roger Wright and Ben Forster – battled it out to win a public vote to secure their dream role.
And Ben Forster, 31, was crowned the winner, securing the major role of Jesus in the new production.
On winning the role Ben said: “I can not believe it – I did not expect this to happen, If you come and see us I will do you so proud. I can’t wait to start working with Mel and Andrew.”
National Youth Theatre and Italia Conti stage school alumni, Ben has played Doody in Grease and appeared on The X Factor in 2009. But winning TV talent show Superstar will project his career into the league of international performers.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has followed his BBC searches to cast the stars of Joseph, The Sound of Music, Oliver! and The Wizard of Oz with his most ambitious TV talent search yet.
In Superstar, the Lord moved over to ITV1 in his new search to find a Jesus to star in a major new Arena tour production of his and Tim Rice’s classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar - finally crowning Ben Forster in the role.
The nationwide search for a rock arena superstar will now see Ben Forster star alongside comedian and Matilda co-writer Tim Minchin as Judas, Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles as Herod.
“Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting,” said Lord Lloyd Webber when launching the search. “Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I’m thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar.”
Auditions took place in early 2012 in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff, with casting judges Melanie C, Jason Donovan and David Grindrod helping Andrew audition thousands of hopefuls to get down to a selection of Finalists.
Eleven finalists made it through to the live studio shows hosted by Amanda Holden, and judged by a panel of Lloyd Webber, Dawn French, Melanie C and Jason Donovan.
Ben Forster wins the role of Jesus in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s major new arena tour production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Unknown performer Ben Forster has won the role of a lifetime by beating thousands of hopefuls to be cast as Jesus in a new production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Winner of TV talent show show Superstar, Ben will star in the major new arena tour production of Jesus Christ Superstar this autumn at venues across the UK.
National Youth Theatre and Italia Conti stage school alumni, Ben has played Doody in Grease and appeared on The X Factor in 2009. But winning TV talent show Superstar on ITV on 25 July 2012 has projected the young performer into the big league.
Ben Forster will be joined in Jesus Christ Superstar by Melanie C as Mary Magdalene, Tim Minchin as Judas and Chris Moyles as Herod.
Ex-Spice Girl Melanie C plays the part of a lifetime in Jesus Christ Superstar.
This year Melanie C will play Mary Magdalene in the 2012 UK Arena Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Her role in the hugely successful girl band The Spice Girls is enough to guarantee Mel C’s place in showbiz history. And her five solo albums following the break-up of the girls have proved that she is also a significant force in music in her own right.
But now, with her casting as Mary Magdalene in a new UK Arena Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar, she starts a new chapter in her career.
Having already played Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre, Melanie is no stranger to the stage. But this major new production of JCS is sure to reinvent the Spice Girl once again.
Mel has also impressed critics as a judge on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ITV search for a Jesus to star alongside Melanie in the UK arena tour, sparring nicely with Jason Donovan and promoting rumours that she may her lined herself up for further TV work in the future.
Melanie C will be joined in Jesus Christ Superstar by Tim Minchin as Judas and Chris Moyles as Herod.
July 21, 2012
Name: Ben Forster
Ben Forster won the final of Superstar to secure the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar on Wednesday 25 July 2012.
Ben’s music teacher Mrs Bennett was a real inspiration to him and encouraged him to perform. She introduced him to The National Youth Theatre and then the Italia Conti stage school.
After Stage school he got his first West End gig – performing in Le Cava. He then played Doody in Grease a few years later.
Role Call Ben appeared on The X Factor in 2009 making it through to Boot Camp. He’s also performed on cruise ships.
Ben has also tried his hand to property development, doing a lot of the work himself.
July 21, 2012
Name: Rory Taylor
Occupation: Singer in a band
From: The Wirral
Rory was voted off the show on Wednesday 25 July.
From a young age Rory remembers listening to Elton John, Queen and Genesis cassettes in his parent’s car. He went on to form a string of bands with his three brothers.
Rory is the lead singer in a band called 54321. He sings with his cousin and three brothers. They are a resident band at The Cavern Club in Liverpool where they perform every Sunday.
Rory also joined a theatre group and was cast in lead roles including the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and Seymour in Little Shop Of Horrors.
54321 are unsigned, so record and produce all of their own music in their self-built studio in their parent’s back garden.
July 20, 2012
Name: Roger Wright
From: East London
Roger was voted off the show on Wednesday 25 July.
Roger grew up performing at school, singing and listening to music and knew early on that he wanted to do something creative with his life. After leaving school Roger won a modelling competition hosted by Just17 magazine and was quickly picked up by international modelling agency ‘Models1’.
Whilst modelling he walked into the wrong room where they were casting for a new musical called Hot Stuff and won the lead role.
Other musicals followed and he then landed his biggest role as Simba in the first tour of The Lion King.
Whilst modelling he formed a pop group with his brother called Fresh. They signed a recording contract with ‘East West’ records and released two singles ‘Feel My Rhythm’ and ‘Did I say Ti Amo.’