After collaborating with the BBC on four talent search shows, stage impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is teaming with ITV for Superstar. The reality musical show’s winner will be crowned with the title role in an arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar later this year. Auditions are to take place in February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. A judging panel will select candidates who will then be mentored before the final live shows. The entire series is to air on ITV1 this summer, although the number of episodes has yet to be determined. The public will vote on the outcome. Lloyd Webber will act as a judge with 3 other names to be announced soon. A show host announcement is also pending. The casting of Mary and Judas for the rock opera’s tour will not be part of the ITV Studios-produced TV show.
Lloyd Webber’s BBC shows offered up lead roles in stage productions of such classics as Oliver!, The Sound Of Music, The Wizard Of Oz and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Jesus Christ Superstar tour will open at London’s O2 arena near the end of 2012 and will subsequently make the rounds of other UK arenas. In a statement, Lloyd Webber said: “Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I’m thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar.” Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy, said: “We are asking ITV viewers to help us find a new superstar – in every sense of the word. We’re looking for the kind of performer who can fill arenas – and produce a rocking performance to match.” Superstar is executive produced by Peter Davey with Katharine Begg as series producer.