Want to check out the current U.K. arena tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” but can’t make it across the pond? Just head to your local theater.
A film of the current production will be broadcast to select movie theaters in the U.S. on October 29 and November 1. The production was pre-recorded on October 5 at the National Indoor Arena in England, and will be broadcast to 575 U.S. cinemas at 7:30 local times on the two days it will be shown.
“I have waited 42 years for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to play arenas in the U.K., and it is great to finally see the show as it was originally intended, as an arena rock opera,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber in a statement. “I’m thrilled that Universal will be filming the new arena tour of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ for DVD and cinema release, which allow us to capture this amazing production and share it with the world!”
In addition to the performance, the upcoming broadcast also will include interviews with the cast members (both past and present) and a special historical retrospective of the musical.
The cast of the current production features Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot and Melanie Chisholm as Mary Magdalene. Chisholm is better known as former Spice Girl Melanie C. Chris Moyles, a radio DJ in the U.K. is in his stage debut role as King Herod, and Jesus is played by Ben Forster.
Forster was the winner of the ITV show “Superstar.” He was chosen for the title role by the British public.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” chronicles the last seven days of Christ through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Hit songs featured in the musical include “Superstar,” “Heaven On Their Minds,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Hosanna.”
The musical, by Webber and Tim Rice, was first produced in the early 1970s.