Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is to return to the UK’s television screens as he attempts to unearth a new performer to lead the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.
But the man behind shows including The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has parted company with previous collaborators the BBC and will televise this search for a star via rival channel ITV.
Titled Superstar, Lloyd Webber’s latest talent show will audition both professional and amateur performers from across the UK in the hope of finding an actor to lead the cast of a new arena tour of rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
The composer, producer and theatre owner commented: “Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I’m thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar.”
Superstar is the fifth time that Lloyd Webber has made the British public part of his casting process, following the success of previous BBC shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria, Any Dream Will Do, I’d Do Anything and Over The Rainbow. The prime time Saturday night shows made household names of Connie Fisher, Lee Mead, Jodie Prenger and Danielle Hope, who is currently starring in The Wizard Of Oz, and fed the buzz and interest around West End theatre.
Previous judges, working alongside the theatrical Lord, have included Denise Van Outen, John Barrowman and Sheila Hancock. Though no names have been confirmed for Superstar, Lloyd Webber will once more be aided by a panel which, as with fellow ITV talent shows Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor, will judge auditionees performing on stage before an audience.
Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy, said: “We are asking ITV viewers to help us find a new superstar in every sense of the word. We’re looking for the kind of performer who can fill arenas and produce a rocking performance to match.”
Performers who think they fit the bill can find more information at www.itv.com/superstar