Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd, Johnny Rotten and ’NSYNC’s JC Chasez — what does this list of seemingly disparate musicians have in common? That would be Jesus. “Jesus Christ Superstar,” that is. The aforementioned acts are taking to the road for a 50-stop North American tour of the rock opera.
Boyd and Williams, who play Judas and Mary Magdalene respectively, hit “Good Morning America” Friday (April 4) to announce their participation in the show, which kicks off June 9 in New Orleans. They also performed the titular song from the musical.
In addition to the Incubus frontman and former Destiny’s Child singer, the cast also includes Chasez as Pontius Pilate, The Sex Pistols’ John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) as King Herod and U.K. reality show star Ben Forster as Jesus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s completely new, and it’s incredible,” Boyd said on “Good Morning America.” “It’s an arena rock show.”
Musicians have been storming the theater world of late, with Carly Rae Jepsen starring in “Cinderella,” Carole King getting her own Broadway show and Courtney Love confirming that there could be a Nirvana musical in the works.
Last time Boyd spoke with MTV — about his side project Sons of the Sea — he told me that he was taking singing lessons. I guess we know now what he was warming those pipes up in preparation for.
What do you think of this all-star lineup? Who would you have cast in the show?