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May 16, 2014

'Jesus Christ Superstar' comes to Bankers Life

Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for more than 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular.

The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical is coming to Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Aug. 2 with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 16 through the website www.Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, and at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Box Office. American Express card members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning May 7. Tickets range from $34.50 to $124.50 with a limited number of Gold Circle seats and VIP Experience packages available. Additional ticket fees may apply.

Brandon Boyd, Grammy nominated lead vocalist of the rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of Judas Iscariot. Grammy nominated *NSYNC vocalist JC Chasez will play Pontius Pilate. Grammy Award winner and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as Mary Magdalene. English singer-songwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and Sex Pistols, John Rotten Lydon, will play King Herod. British actor and singer Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” will revive his role as Jesus.

All in all, there are more than 50 cast members and musicians on stage with this show.

The North American leg comes on the heels of the successful UK and Australian arena tours, which began in the UK in September 2012 and commenced in Australia in May ‘13.

“Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a rock album ... probably because nobody believed back in 1969 that you could present a stage musical about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ,” Webber said in a press release. “I shall never forget its first live performance in the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, on July 12, 1971. Of course JCS subsequently became a legit theatre stalwart, but I personally have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started.”

The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour is presented by S2BN Entertainment and The Really Useful Group.

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