The star-studded North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that had punk icon John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon playing King Harold and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene was unexpectedly cancelled before debuting in New Orleans on June 9th. While details are scarce as to why the show was crucified, there have been some rumors that a rapidly expanding budget played a role. The tour was set to stop in 54 cities, including Philly, at the Wells Fargo Center on August 16th. All ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund.
Among Lydon and Williams, former N' Sync-er J.C. Chasez was set to play Pontius Pilot and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd had taken on the part of Judas. The role of Jesus was being played by Ben Forster, who shot to fame after winning the U.K's hit reality TV show Superstar. Upon receiving the news, the handsome Brit tweeted,
My heart is broken. My beautiful talented cast and company I adore. This wonderful show & opportunity is over. I'm so sorry I am devastated.
— Ben Forster (@thebenforster) May 30, 2014
Even though we won't get to see them on stage together, I've rounded up the uber-talented casts greatest hits below. Poor Michelle Williams, will girlfriend ever catch a break?