The launch of another Andrew Lloyd Webber show aired for the first time tonight as the renowned playwright searches for the lead role to star as Jesus in a UK-wide arena tour of his play Jesus Christ Superstar.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said “Britain has never seen a Superstar like it is this time around”, and added that “anyone who comes into the role has to be at the top of their game.”
Thousands of hopefuls auditioned as part of a UK-wide search to play the ‘most iconic role of all time’ and 104 got through to the call-backs stage of the talent show. Tonight’s Superstar featured hopefuls Rory, who was “full of character and had a natural rock sound” and Jason, who left the panel speechless.
The search scoured six UK cities over three weeks and cut more than a thousand auditionees down to just 104 to perform at the call-backs at the O2 Academy in Brixton for a taster of performing at an arena.
Former Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat star Jason Donovan, former Spice Girl Mel C and veteran theatre casting director David Grindrod were on the judging panel and critiqued the hopefuls.
The show whittled down the hopefuls to just 40 who will go through to tomorrow’s Superstar which takes place on the aptly named Superstar Island. There they will be cut off from the rest of the world as part of an intensive training week on the Island.
Catch Superstar tomorrow at 8pm on ITV1.
Who do you think has what it takes to play Jesus?
Andrew Lloyd Webber searches for the next Superstar.