Long time collaborator of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, has branded a show to find a new lead for Jesus Christ Superstar as "tacky"

Sir Tim Rice - Jesus Christ Superstar


Award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice has criticised his long running writing partner Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s decision to hunt for a new lead for their hit musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar‘ via yet another TV talent show, dismissing the concept as “tacky”!


Webber announced last week (w/c 16th January, 2012) he will audition potential new leads on TV for an upcoming global tour of his and Rice‘s famous production.

The show, which will air in the U.K. later this year (2012), will involve a similar scenario to previous formats (‘I’d Do Anything‘ and ‘Over The Rainbow‘) where viewers vote for their favourite contestants and helping to choose a new Jesus for the musical.

Despite managing to find some decent contestants, the project has been blasted by Rice who insists he finds it “distasteful” and has accused Webber of wanting to constantly “rehash” all their best work!

Rice 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.”


Do you think this sounds tacky? I shall refrain from what I am really thinking!



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