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Thursday, 21 February 2013
SENSATIONAL NEW ARENA PRODUCTION OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR TO TOUR AUSTRALIA AFTER ACCLAIMED UK RUN
The Really Useful Group and Frontier Touring are
thrilled to announce that the new arena production of Jesus Christ Superstar
will tour Australia in 2013. The production will commence its
Australian dates in Perth on May 31.
The show stars Australia’s own Tim Minchin as ‘Judas
Iscariot’, former Spice Girl Melanie C as ‘Mary Magdalene’ and the critically
acclaimed new-comer Ben Forster in the role of ‘Jesus’. Also starring in
the Australian production will be Jon Stevens returning to Jesus Christ
Superstar in the role of ‘Pontius Pilate’ (Stevens played Judas in the 1992
Australian arena tour and the 1994 theatre production) and Andrew O’Keefe in
the role of ‘King Herod’.
Andrew Lloyd Webber says: "I'm thrilled
that Australia is to be the first leg for our international tour of the new
Jesus Christ Superstar. We had an overwhelming reception when the show
toured the country for an astounding 84 dates in 1992. I hope this new
production, which has been totally re-conceived for the 21st century, will
entertain a new generation of Australians as well as those who already love the
The new production’s run in the UK in late 2012 broke
previous audience records with 74,000 fans seeing the show in its opening
weekend. The arena production received wide acclaim, with critics
praising the show as:
Webber’s new generation of superstars hits all the right notes.”
work of conceptual genius”
to its heavy metal rock origins.”
almighty success!” Daily
away tradition.” Daily
An award-winning creative team have been assembled to
transform this legendary rock musical into a unique state of the art
spectacular. Led by director Laurence Connor – known for his work on the 25th
anniversary performances of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera – the
creative team behind Jesus Christ Superstar have collectively worked on
concerts from the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and U2 as well as the Diamond
Jubilee concert in front of Buckingham Palace and the Opening and Closing
Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Arguably Australia’s most popular musical, Jesus
Christ Superstar first came to life as a chart-topping double-album in 1970,
its success spawning the live show phenomenon. In 1992 Jesus Christ
Superstar, starring Jon Stevens as Judas and John Farnham as Jesus, toured
Australian arenas to phenomenal success, running for 82 nights and attended by
a still record 987,000 people, grossing over $40m at the box office. The
soundtrack went on to sell 4 x Platinum.
Tickets to Jesus Christ Superstar – Arena Spectacular
are on sale on Friday 8 March.