The filming of the London arena production of the revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be broadcast to select U.S. cinemas nationwide on Monday, Oct. 29 and again on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., including screens in Connecticut.
“Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular” was pre-recorded by Universal Pictures at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England on Oct. 4 and 5. The show is presented by NCM Fathom Events, Omniverse Vision and The Broadway League.
The production features Tim Minchin (also the co-writer of West End smash musical “Matilda”) as ‘Judas Iscariot;’ pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C as Mary Magdalene; radio DJ Chris Moyles in his stage debut as King Herod; Alexander Hanson as Pontius Pilate who was recently seen on Broadway in A Little Night Music; and the winner of the UK’s prime-time ITV show “Superstar,” Ben Forster, who was chosen by the British public to take on the title role of Jesus.
“Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular” will include a special historical retrospective, as well as interviews with cast members past and present.
Connecticut theaters are: AMC in Danbury, Digiplex in Bloomfield, Regal's Branford 12, Regal's Stonington 10, Regal's Brass Mill 12 in Waterbury, Rave's Buckland Hills 18 IMAX in Manchester, Rave's Connecticut Post 14 with IMAX in Milford, Rave Enfield 12 and Rave North Haven 12.
“Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular” tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
The event will be broadcast to more than 575 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
"I have waited 42 years for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to play arenas in the UK, and it is great to finally see the show as it was originally intended, as an arena rock opera,” said Lloyd Webber.
“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a worldwide phenomenon, portraying the story of the last seven days of Christ leading up to his crucifixion as seen through the eyes of ‘Judas Iscariot,’ and featuring hit songs such as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How To Love Him,” “Heaven On Their Minds” and “Hosanna.” Over 40 different cast recordings have been released in 19 different languages.
The first production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” was a U.S. arena tour in 1971, then Broadway in 1972.
“Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular” will also be available on DVD and Blu-ray™ in early 2013 internationally, with the exception of the UK which will release in time for Christmas on November 19, 2012.