Celebrity Jesus Christ Superstar Tour Abruptly Canceled Days Before Premiere

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By Shari Weiss


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A star-studded touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar has been abruptly canceled just days before it was scheduled to premiere.

Michelle Williams, J.C. Chasez, Brandon Boyd, and Johnny Rotten were among the celebrities slated to star in the 54-city tour, kicking off on June 9.

But producers surprisingly pulled the plug with just a week until showtime, apparently due to poor ticket sales.

The stars had been promoting the show on social media, including the musical’s official Twitter account, through Friday, sharing pictures from rehearsals.

The cast found out the news later that day.

Boyd, best known for fronting Incubus, tweeted, “I got fired from #JesusChristSuperstar today….but so did the rest of the cast so we’re all sad together. Yeah, it’s true. Tour cancelled.”

Producer Michael Cohl — who also put together the cash-strapped Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark — tells The New York Times, “It became obvious the shows were in trouble but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around.”

“In the end it just did not make business sense to continue and we didn’t want the cast to endure playing to disappointing audiences,” he explained.

The tour, announced in April, was scheduled to hit major theaters aroud the country, including Madison Square Garden, with 300 cast and crew members from London and the U.S.

After the news broke, they took to Twitter to share their graphic reaction to the sudden decision — see photos below.

A message posted on the production’s official website says “all tickets will be refunded.”

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