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"Jesus Christ Superstar" Arena Tour, Starring Pop and Rock Stars, Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales

Image courtesy of ABC News (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC News (via ABC News Radio)

The arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, which was to have featured a lineup of stars that included ex-'N SYNC member JC Chasez , ex- Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams , Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd , and punk legend Johnny Rotten , has been canceled.  It was to have begun June 9 in New Orleans.

According to the New York Times, the cast was informed last Friday that the show wouldn't go forward.  Ben Forster , who was to play the titular role, tells the Times that he gasped when he got the news, while Boyd, who was to play Judas, said, "I thought it was, like, a prank that you pull on the new guy.  But no."

Foster later tweeted , "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. I am so devastated. I'm sorry to everyone who got tickets and flights..Who ever f**ed it up I hate u."  He then added, jokingly, "But #IforgiveU #imjesus ...wellwas x."  A photo of the cast giving the finger to the camera is now circulating online.

A rep for the show confirms to ABC News Radio that the ax fell due to "very disappointing" ticket sales.  Anyone who purchased tickets -- which cost about $125 each -- will be eligible for a refund .

In addition to Forster as Jesus and Boyd as Judas, Williams was to play Mary Magdalene, and Rotten was to have portrayed King Herod in the production.

When the show was announced in April, the promoter, Michael Cohl, claimed that the show would have take in several hundreds of thousands of dollars per night to stay afloat.  He told the New York Times , "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.”

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