'Jesus Christ Superstar' arena tour to start in June

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET

The Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten has found Jesus.

But it’s not what you think.

Rotten, who’s real name is John Lydon, has been cast as King Herod in the biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, that’s being co-produced by Torontonian Michael Cohl (Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, The Rolling Stones).

It will visit these five Canadian cities this summer: Toronto, Air Canada Centre, June 26; Winnipeg, July 4, MTS Centre; Regina, July 5, Brandt Centre; Edmonton, July 6, Rexall Place; and Vancouver, July 12, Rogers Arena.

Also cast is Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd as Judas, NSYNC’s JC Chasez at Pontinus Pilate, Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams as Mary Magdalene, and British newcomer Ben Forster, who played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of JCS since 2012, will revive his role as Jesus.

“I’m excited to be involved with Jesus Christ Superstar,” said Cohl in a statement. “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. “ Tickets, which range from $29.50 to $125, for the first 22 shows, New Orleans through Edmonton, will go on sale beginning April 11 at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com and American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning April 4, All subsequent market on-sale dates will be announced locally in the weeks to come.

The tour will kick off in New Orleans on June 9, and wind up in Philadelphia on August 17.

 


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