Jesus Christ Superstar's US arena tour has been cancelled and no one, not even the show's stars, really knows why.
The entertainment company responsible for the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour announced on Friday (30th May) the upcoming tour was cancelled. The company in question, Options Clause Entertainment LLC, released a statement on the tour's website simply stating the tour was cancelled and refunds would be given to all ticket holders. There was no explanation as to why the tour has been cancelled, especially only ten days before it was scheduled to begin.
Ben Forster performing Jesus Christ Superstar in New York in April 2014.
The tour was set to start in New Orleans on June 9th and boasted an all-star celebrity cast including Incubus' Brandon Boyd, 'N Sync's Jc Chasez and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams. Ben Forster, who played Jesus in the production took to Twitter to express his disappointment. He wrote a series of increasingly irritable tweets, the first of which reads "My heart is broken. My beautiful talented cast and company I adore. This wonderful show & opportunity is over. I'm so sorry I am devastated."
The NBC miniseries, The Bible, will be followed by a sequel entitled: 'A.D.: Beyond The Bible' which will be once again aired by The History Channel.
No, another installation to the millennia-old work hasn't been commissioned by God himself; this is the sequel to this year's extremely successful TV miniseries The Bible, based on the good book itself. NBC has announced that the sequel A.D.: Beyond The Bible will start where The Bible left off: a few days after Jesus Christ's death. The series will again be produced by husband and wife Mark Burnett (The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice) and Roma Downey, with Downey potentially reprising her role as Mary Mother of Christ and Darwin Shaw could be recast as Peter, as reported by the Associated Press.
Producer Roma Downey Will Work On The Sequel To The Bible.
Where The Bible told stories of Noah, Abraham and Jesus up to his resurrection, the sequel will follow the embryonic growth of Christianity in the aftermath of Christ. Bob Greenblatt, NBC's chairman, spoke of the upcoming sequel in a statement: "I followed the development process of 'The Bible' closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ's Crucifixion...what happened in the aftermath - which is essentially the beginning of Christianity - is utterly fascinating. The day after The Bible premiered, I told Mark we were on board with no hesitation for the follow-up miniseries. This will be attention-getting in every way, and we're proud to continue our association with Mark which has just grown exponentially from The Voice."
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