Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London’s West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Laurence Connor, promises to be the rock event of 2012. The star-studded line-up includes award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin for the role of Judas Iscariot. Three million album selling pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C will take the only female lead as Mary Magdalene. Former BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles will make his major stage debut as King Herod and Winner of the ITV primetime show Superstar Ben Forster in the title role of Jesus in the 21st century Rock Musical re-invention of Jesus Christ Superstar.
While the UK tour was a smash hit, the production failed to gain much momentum outside of the UK and did not transfer to the US.
Universal Studios partnered with The Really Useful Group to film the tour in Birmingham over three nights.
In her review for The Gurdian, Lyn Gardner wrote: 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,' cries an agonised Jesus on the cross. But it's the good lord, otherwise known as composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who should have known better than to crucify his own child by presenting it in this arena format.'
The film was eventually released to both UK and US cinemas, and later on released on DVD and Blu-Ray from Universal Studios.