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Lloyd Webber Chooses Jesus Christ Superstar for Next TV Talent Search

Saturday, 21st Jan 2012

A New Television Series Airing on ITV Will Follow Previous Search for Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz

In 2010 Andrew Lloyd Webber led the search for the star of his then-upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz” with the television talent show “Over The Rainbow”, eventually settling on Danielle Hope (with Sophie Evans on some performances) for the role of Dorothy. The production would eventually open at the London Palladium in March 2011 and, like previous shows to appear in the capital on the back of such a television series, it proved to be a success.

Now Lloyd Webber has announced his next project – a new production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” – though there will be some changes to the format. Firstly the show will be an arena tour, appearing at the likes of the O2 Arena, Wembley Arena and more (though specific venues are yet to be revealed), rather than a West End production and secondly he will be making the show with ITV. Previous talent searches likes “Over the Rainbow”, “Any Dream Will Do” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”, which led to west end shows like “Joseph” and “The Sound of Music”, were produced for the BBC.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is a rock opera that Andrew Lloyd Webber first presented to audiences in the early 1970s and would go on to be a huge success when it opened at London’s Palace Theatre in 1972, becoming the then-longest running musical for the capital. It has been seen around the world and is well known for the songs that it features such as “Everything’s Alright”, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Superstar”.

The new show will feature a panel of judges once again, though names are yet to be confirmed, and would-be contestants can find more information on the ITV website.

Meanwhile, “The Wizard of Oz” continues to attract audiences at the London Palladium, where Danielle Hope remains in the role of Dorothy, the Kansas farm girl transported to the Land of Oz by a ferocious tornado and forced to face off with the Wicked Witch of the West.

More details for “Jesus Christ Superstar” will be reported as they are revealed. Meanwhile, “The Wizard of Oz” is currently booking at the London Palladium until Sunday 28th October 2012.

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