We're Not Making This Up Dept.: Jesus Christ Superstar with Johnny Rotten at Bridgestone Arena June 17



We did not receive this on April Fool's Day, so we're going to assume that, yes: a mammoth touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar will be coming to Bridgestone Arena June 17. With Brandon Boyd of Incubus playing Judas. And Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child as Mary Magdalene. And JC Chasez from 'N Sync as Pontius Pilate.

And … pause to check the calendar once more than this isn't April 1 … one "John Rotten Lydon" (Mellencamp?) as King Herod.

You read that correctly. From the release:

“I'm here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?” said John Rotten Lydon.

Tickets in other cities range from about $50 to $271. Presales begin today, with tickets on sale 10 a.m. next Friday. Full release after the jump.



Ticket presales begin Friday, April 4, 2014

Tickets On Sale Beginning Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Nashville, Tenn., Friday, April 4, 2014 — Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical is coming to Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10a.m. through bridgestonearena.com, by calling 800-745-3000, and at the Bridgestone Arena box office. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, April 4 at 10am. Tickets range from $39.50 to $149.50 with a limited number of Gold Circle seats and VIP Experience packages available. Additional ticket fees may apply.

Brandon Boyd, Grammy® nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’, Grammy® nominated *NSYNC vocalist, JC Chasez, will play ‘Pontius Pilate’, Grammy® Award winner and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, English singer-songwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and Sex Pistols, John Rotten Lydon, will play ‘King Herod’ and introducing British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as ‘Jesus.’ With over 50 cast and musicians on stage this is one arena show that can’t be missed!

The North American leg comes on the heels of the wildly successful UK and Australian arena tours, which began in the UK in September 2012 and commenced in Australia in May 2013. The Times said “The show gets the right balance between the spectacular, the jokey and the sincere. The performances from the well-choreographed supporting cast are fine throughout. Honestly, it’s enough to give rock opera a good name.” The Evening Chronicle exclaimed, “the extravagance of the production, a flamboyant spectacle of acrobatics, dramatic flames and provocative pole dancing,” and Liverpool Daily Post claimed, “Restored to its rock roots, the star-studded second coming of Jesus Christ Superstar is big, brash and bold…” and the Manchester Evening News stated, “from the very opening strains the pounding music, the huge and sophisticated video backdrops and pulsating energy from a talented ensemble cast make this a true spectacle.”

“In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States,” said Tim Rice. “We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. 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.”

“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. 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," said Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“I’m excited to be involved with Jesus Christ Superstar,” said Michael Cohl. “The show has evolved greatly over the past 40 years and it is exhilarating to be a part of a project that marries this incredible property and its extraordinary music with the new, innovative technology that has become available for live shows. This arena rock spectacular is a whole new experience for fans.”

"I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing production!” said Brandon Boyd. “I grew up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's classics and never imagined I would be playing a role in one, let alone with such an incredibly diverse cast of players. Truly an honor!"

"When I heard Jesus Christ Superstar was coming to the States, I was excited at the idea to be a part of telling one of the most influential stories in history through the scope of such a talented composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber,” said JC Chasez. “I’m excited to work with such a dynamic cast, and to bring Jesus Christ Superstar back to its roots as a rock arena experience."

“I am so excited to be part of such a legendary production alongside an amazing cast!, said Michelle Williams. “I am truly looking forward to this experience!”

“I'm here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?” said John Rotten Lydon.

“I feel so excited to bring this production to North America,” said Ben Forster. “America has to experience this rock arena spectacular as Andrew Lloyd Webber envisaged it. I am the real life Billy Elliot, from a coal mining city in the north of England to touring huge arenas across North America! You are about to witness my dream come true!”

The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour is presented by S2BN Entertainment and The Really Useful Group.

About S2BN
Founded in 2008 by Michael Cohl, S2BN Entertainment is a diversified international family show and event entertainment company specializing in the acquisition, development and production of arena spectaculars, unique live music tours, theatrical performances, high caliber touring exhibitions, feature films and multimedia product offerings.

Current and recent productions include: A Night with Janis Joplin, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Barbra Streisand Tour, Fuerza Bruta, which ran for 6 years in New York, toured throughout the world and will soon re-open in New York as Fuerza Bruta Wayra, Rock of Ages, now in its 6th year on Broadway, currently in Las Vegas and touring throughout the world as well as its award-winning production of Yo Gabba Gabba Live! which toured successfully 9 times throughout the United States & Canada.

About The Really Useful Group
The Really Useful Group is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatre producing and rights licensing company and controls the theatrical rights for all of his works, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Sunset Boulevard. The Really Useful Group reached over 20 million people across the globe last year from live theatre and concert audiences, cinema goers, television viewers and music fans, to social media and art lovers. 2014 will see The Really Useful Group continue to work across film, television and theatre as it produces and develops new projects and partnerships worldwide alongside its ongoing work in education, amateur licensing and music publishing.

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