April 4, 2014


Jesus Christ Superstars: Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez & Michelle Williams

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What do you get when you mix members of Incubus'N Sync, Destiny's Child and the Sex Pistols? Jesus Christ Superstar... LIVE! Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, 'N Sync alum JC Chasez, DC's Michelle Williams and former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) will star in a new arena tour of the famous Broadway rock opera, loosely based on the last week of Jesus' life. 

Boyd and Williams appeared on Good Morning America to make the announcement and sing "Superstar" (watch below). "It's completely new and it's incredible," Boyd said before the performance. "It's an arena rock show."

The Incubus singer will appear as Judas Iscariot, Jesus' disciple and betrayer, while Williams plays Mary Magdalene, a prostitute who was friends with Jesus. Chasez and Lydon will play Pontius Pilate and King Herod, respectively, two men involved in sentencing Jesus to crucifixion. 

The role of Jesus will be played by British actor/singer Ben Forster. He snagged the role after winning over British TV audiences in the 2012 reality competition Superstar, which offered the winner the lead role in subsequent U.K. and Australia tours.

Regarding the stars' religious pasts, Williams has released two gospel albums—and most recently dropped a soul-stirring new single "If We Had Your Eyes"—while Lydon famously decried organized religion in the 1978 song "Religion," released by post-punk pioneers Public Image Ltd.

Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar debuted on Broadway in 1971, and the controversial production became a feature film in 1973. 

The 50-date tour kicks off June 9 in New Orleans. Some dates are on sale now