Andrew Lloyd Webber could find female Jesus

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 February 2012
Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber

Judges on Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber's new TV show 'Superstar' will audition both male and female hopefuls to play the lead role of Jesus in a touring production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Both men and women will be able to compete for the role of Jesus Christ on 'Superstar'.

Show supremo Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is determined to land the best person for the lead role in an touring production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' so is insisting anyone can audition for the forthcoming star-search programme.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Andrew wants to create the best performance he can and if that means hiring a woman to be Jesus then so be it.

"For him it's all about the talent."

ITV confirmed auditions for the role - originally played by Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan - will be open to anyone and said they are very excited about the show.

A spokesperson said: "The role was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber for a great rock tenor 42 years ago. It was first performed by Ian Gillan -- one of the greatest rock tenors of our time. "Our auditions are open to anyone and we're all very excited to meet potential auditionees."

Auditions in front of a panel of judges fronted by Lord Lloyd-Webber begin this month.

As with 'The X Factor', hopefuls will then be sent to a boot camp before being whisked away to judges' houses to select a final 12 who will compete for the role in the live TV shows.