Late last month, members of the Jesus Christ Superstar cast flew out to America to begin rehearsals for one of the most anticipated theatrical, arena/ stadium tours of the year. However, the rug was pulled from under the cast member’s feet. On Friday, S2BN Entertainment announced the cancellation of the planned US arena “Spectacular” of Jesus Christ Superstar. The ‘tour promoter’ Michael Cohl was interviewed by The New York Times and stated that; “It became obvious the shows were in trouble but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around. In the end it just did not make business sense to continue and we didn’t want the cast to endure playing to disappointing audiences.”
Ben Forster, who won the role of Jesus in the ITV talent search “ITV Superstar”, recalls the moment he was told during a rehearsal in New Orleans. He could do nothing at the time but gasp.
Forster stated; “He was like: ‘Guys, take a break. We need to chat. It’s not going to happen.’
“What’s that Miley Cyrus song, “Wrecking Ball’? I feel like someone just came in and took a big wrecking ball to the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ tour.”
A glimmer of hope
It seemed that all was not lost, for some of the ensemble members (@adamstrong1 and @Rob_Copeland) embarked on an ingenious idea to start a campaign to perform the show at Glastonbury.
Within a matter of minutes, the saddened cast seemed to bounce back. @Rob_Copeland created a twitter page and whipped up support from old and new Jesus Christ Superstar cast members and fans. In a matter of days, the page is nearing 600 followers and the hastag #Jcsglasto has reached 3 million people!
Cast members took to Twitter once more to express their excitement;
-Erm, Melanie? 0_o
This is where you come in….
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