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Chris Moyles, Mel C in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' DVD trailer - watch

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A new DVD trailer has been unveiled for the release of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Originally recorded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as a concept album in 1970, the show made its debut on Broadway a year later and was resurrected in 2012.

The UK tour featured Superstar winner Ben Forster as Jesus. Tim Minchin portrays Judas, Mel C plays Mary Magdalene and Chris Moyles is King Herod.



The DVD and Blu-ray of Jesus Christ Superstar is released on November 19.

To mark the release of the DVD, the team behind it have given Digital Spy ten fast facts about the rock opera.


"1. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice turned Jesus Christ Superstar into a rock double album after their brainchild of a show about Gospels was turned down by producers who said it would not make a show.

2. In 1971 the album beat The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and John Lennon in the race to become Billboard's biggest-selling record of the year.

Melanie C as Mary Magdalene in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.


3. The recording has been translated into 19 different languages since it launched.

4. Lloyd Webber and Rice discovered US star Yvonne Elliman - she had a hit with 'I Don't Know How to Love Him' from the album but went on to also be remembered for the classic 'If I Can't Have You' from Saturday Night Fever.

5. Abba's Agnetha Faltskog played Mary Magdalene in the first major Swedish production of the show in the same year that Abba was formed.

6. Arenas were the first venues to draw big audiences for the rock opera and began in 1971 - the new tour 40 years later is true to its heritage.

Ben Forster - Superstar winner

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7. The first staging of the show was in London's West End starring '70s pop star Paul Nicholas as Jesus. By 1980 it had become the West End's longest-running musical ever with 3,358 performances.

8. The show got its own papal blessing when in 2000 songs from the show were performed for Pope John Paul VI in Rome.

9. Comedian Rik Mayall played the role of Herod in 2000.

10. Every year the show is performed by more than 300 amateur dramatic groups, including schools and churches."


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