'Jesus Christ Superstar' casts members from 'N Sync, Destiny's Child, Sex Pistols, Incubus
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: (L-R) Lyricist Tim Rice, singer JC Chasez, singer John Rotten Lydon, singer/actor Ben Forster, singer Michelle Williams, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and singer Brandon Boyd attend the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Rock Spectacular North American Tour Press Conference at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images
A revamped "Jesus Christ Superstar" theatrical production begins a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9 with some surprising casting. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the rock opera debuted on Broadway in 1971.
"It will star punk legend John 'Johnny Rotten' Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of [American rock band] Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of `N Sync as Pontius Pilate," reports Entertainment Weekly. "Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show 'Superstar,' will play the son of God." This is Chasez's first theater show. Lydon is best know as a former member of seminal punk rock band Sex Pistols.
"The musical dramatizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate and his ultimate crucifixion," further reports Entertainment Weekly. "It marked an early collaboration between Lloyd Webber and Rice, who also created 'Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat' and 'Evita.'"
The tour ends in Philadelphia on Aug. 16.