Tim Rice brands Superstar 'tacky'
Sir Tim Rice has blasted Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's new ITV1 reality show 'Superstar' as "tasteless" and "tacky".
Sir Tim Rice has blasted Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's new reality TV star as "tasteless" and "tacky".
Musical mogul Andrew recently announced he was planning a new series with ITV1, entitled 'Superstar', with contestants competing to win the lead role in an upcoming production of his hit show 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.
However, his former West End partner - who wrote the lyrics to the musical - admits he begged the composer not to do it because he thought it would make the story and show "downmarket".
He said: "I've had several meetings with Andrew and said that I don't want this done but now it appears it's been signed and sealed. Andrew wants to rehash things all the time but I don't think 'Superstar' needs that tasteless reality television treatment.
"Those shows are relentlessly downmarket which is fine if the show is a lightweight bit of fluff. I am fully behind an arena show but I just don't think you need another television series to do that.
"It opens up a lot of opportunities for spoofs and I think it would be ill-advised to have people voting for who should be Jesus. It's just possible that it might be the most sophisticated, tasteful show hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, but I doubt it. It sounds tacky and I really don't think Andrew should do it."
Tim also claimed if he doesn't like who Andrew choses for the lead role of Christ, he won't allow the winner to appear in he show.
In a letter to ITV published in The Sun newspaper, Tim said: "They can't cast the show without my approval. I have the right to veto casting. So if Andrew casts it on TV and I didn't like the person, I could say so."
Andrew has already used BBC talent shows to find stars for productions of 'The Sound Of Music', 'The Wizard Of Oz' and 'Oliver' and 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat'.