Super-sized 'Jesus Christ Superstar' arena tour comes to Pittsburgh in August

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The concert and theater worlds collide in what’s being billed as the biggest North American arena tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” coming to Consol Energy Center Aug. 12.

The Tim Rice-Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera will feature Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd as Judas, JC Chasez (NSync) as Pontius Pilate, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child) as Mary Magdalene and John Rotten Lydon (Sex Pistols) as King Herod. Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV “Superstar” competition in 2012, will reprise the lead role of Jesus that he has played in the UK and Australian arena tours.

In 1971, before it hit Broadway, the first American concert of the musical played to a Civic Arena audience of 13,000.

“ ‘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 12, 1971. Of course ‘JCS’ subsequently became a legit theater stalwart, but I, personally, have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber in a press release for the show.

The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour, featuring more than 50 performers and musicians, kicks off in New Orleans June 9 and comes through Pittsburgh before it closes in Philadelphia Aug. 17. American Express cardholders can purchase tickets now at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com; other purchase dates are TBA. Tickets prices range from $29.50 to $125, plus fees and service charges. A limited number of Gold Circle tickets and Superstar Premium VIP packages are available.


Sharon Eberson: seberson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1960. Twitter: SEberson_pg.

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