Jun 1 2014, 8:33am CDT | by Sumayah Aamir
The creators of the Jesus Christ Superstar Tour have called off the whole thing. The show was supposed to be enacted in 54 cities. But the punk John Lydon and Michelle Williams (think Destiny’s Child) now have other things on mind.
The very idea got dumped and no alibis or excuses have been given so far by the top brass. June 9th was the date when it was supposed to ensue in New Orleans. But it was not to be.
Jesus Christ Superstar announced about the cancellation of tour on its official website. It states, "Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of S2BN Entertainment, announced today the cancellation of the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off in New Orleans on June 9. All purchased tickets will be refunded. Tickets purchased online and via telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased from outlets/venue box office must be returned to that location for refund."
One of the producers has spoken briefly regarding the costs of production which went into the tens of millions of dollars. And so the astronomical amounts needed to keep the show going went to waste. Lydon would have played King Herod and Williams was to act as Mary Magdalene.
Brandon Boyd was going to be the evil Judas and JC Chasez was to play the role of Pontius Pilate. Meanwhile, the winning talent in the UK show, “Superstar”, would have been Jesus Christ had things gone as per plan. Several songs figured on the show.
Among the main highlights of the tour would have been: the Son of God’s beginnings in the city of Jerusalem, the displacement of old systems by his revolutionary teachings and general acceptance among the people, the traitor-like behavior of his disciple Judas, Pontius Pilate’s question of “What is Truth?” and finally the Crucifying of Jesus.
It is often said that the show must go on! But in this case it has been stopped before it got off the ground. Whatever the complex reasons behind the cancellation, the tickets that had been sold out down to the last one will be refunded.
One of the cast members, Ben Forster, has expressed pity and shock at the last minute abolition of the show. He has said on Twitter that he is absolutely heartbroken and devastated after hearing the news.
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