Alexander Hanson, who recently appeared on Broadway in A Little Night Music, and more complete the cast of the U.K.’s Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour, kicking off at the O2 Arena in London on September 21. Hanson and the cast join previously announced stars Ben Forster, Melanie Chisholm (better known as Mel C. from the Spice Girls), Tim Minchin and British radio personality Chris Moyles.
In addition to Forster as Jesus, Chisholm as Mary Magdalene, Minchin as Judas, Moyles as King Herod and Hanson as Pilate, the production also features Pete Gallagher as Caiaphas, Gerard Bentall as Annas, Michael Pickering as Peter, Giovanni Spano as Simon Zealotes, and ensemble members Jeff Anderson, Michelle Antrobus, Jack Booth, Alice Capitani, Ian Carlyle, Leon Craig, Krysten Cummings, Christos Dante, Stephen John Davis, Keisher Downie, Ffion Emyr, Lily Frazer, Ryan Gibb, Zoe Green, Bob Harms, Clare Ivory, Sam Jackson, Jack Jefferson, Sia Kiwa, Antony Lawrence, Leon Maurice-Jones, Brian McCann, Alana Murrin, Tim Newman, Tom Parsons, Rhiannon Porter, Tim Prottey-Jones, Adam Pritchard, Gala Robles, Lucas Rush, Benedict Smith, Russell Smith, Phil Snowden, Adam Strong, Ali Temple, Jon Tsouras, Alex Tucker, Marie Walker, Russell Walker and Karlene Wray.
Featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is based loosely on the Gospel’s account of the last week of Jesus’ life. The production first opened on Broadway in 1971. The most recent revival opened March 22 at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, where it played 116 performances before closing on July 1.
Forster is the winner of the London TV reality competition show Superstar, and was chosen to play Jesus by audience votes. Hanson appeared in A Litle Night Music on Broadway after starring in the West End production. His additional West End credits include An Ideal Husband and The Sound of Music.
Additional tour stops include SECC in Glasgow, Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, Manchester Arena in Manchester, Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, the NIA in Birmingham, Odyssey Arena in Belfast, The O2 in Dublin, Echo Arena in Liverpool, Wembley Arena in London, and Capital FM Arena in Nottingham.