Chris Moyles got his run as King Herod in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar off to a flying start as critics and audiences alike agreed that the former BBC Radio One DJ put on an impressive show on the play's opening night.
Directed by Laurence Connor, the latest version of the biblical epic imagines Jesus Christ if he was alive in the modern era and apparently he would be joining in with the Occupy movement at St Paul, hanging out with dreadlocked anarchists, scaring any number of Roman bankers and spreading the Gospel via Twitter. After 42-years on stage, Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical has been given a much-needed reboot and the latest stage show demonstrates that Jesus Christ can work in the modern day.
The show's cast is led by Ben Forster, the victor of ITV's Superstar show to find a new Jesus Christ for the stage, with critics agreeing that the public did themselves good in finding a star who looks great and sings powerfully. Mel C, or Melanie Chisholm, plays the part of Mary Magdalene and Tim Minchin, who has just written the score for the stage adaptation of Matilda, stars as Judas Iscariot. However it is Moyles, proving that there is life after Radio One, who shines brightest in the new stage show.
The show is currently playing in London's o2 arena and runs until tomorrow night when it will tour arenas across the UK.