A reimagined version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” featuring members of the bands Incubus, *NSYNC, Destiny’s Child and Sex Pistols will stop in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on an upcoming U.S. and Canadian arena tour.
A global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for more than 40 years, the reimagined production will be mark the biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical, according to a news release. The more than 50-city tour kicks off in New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena on June 9, and stops in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and more, before culminating in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Arena on Aug. 17.
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 British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the U.K. and Australian arena tours of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will revive his role as Jesus.
The tour will play June 23 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and June 24 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.
Tickets to the OKC show will go on sale at noon Friday, April 11 at through Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, and at the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning today. 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.
Tickets to the Tulsa stop will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 11 through www.bokcenter.com, by calling (866) 7-BOKCTR, and at Arby’s box office at BOK Center. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning today. 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.
The North American leg comes on the heels of the wildly successful U.K. and Australian arena tours, which began in the U.K. 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.”
“’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, in the news release.
“In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States,” said Tim Rice in the release. “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.”
“I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing production!” said Brandon Boyd in the release. “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 in the release. “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 in the release. “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 in the release.
“I feel so excited to bring this production to North America,” said Ben Forster in the release. “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.
For more information, go to www.jesuschristsuperstar.com.