COMEDIC genius Tim Minchin, has accepted the role as the traitor Judas Iscariot in the new version of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. The London-based Australian funnyman will be joined on stage by Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger who will play the role of Mary Magdalene. Popular UK radio DJ Chris Moyles will also join in, as well as former Spice Girl Mel C. The rest of the cast is to be determined by a live televised casting process.
The show will be performed at the O2 arena and has been a success since it was written in 1969. The story emphasises the friction between Jesus and Judas building up to Judas’ eventual betrayal.
Although Minchin is firmly atheist in regards to religious views, he recently admitted on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ that the song sung by Judas from the controversial musical – ‘Heaven On Their Minds’ – is one of his favourite songs in the world.
Minchin’s flamboyant stage persona will no doubt embellish the role of Judas perfectly and he admits to having thought that: “One day im going to play Judas. I just love it because it’s just pain and rock.”
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