Jesus Christ Superstar's US arena tour has been cancelled and no one, not even the show's stars, really knows why.
The entertainment company responsible for the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour announced on Friday (30th May) the upcoming tour was cancelled. The company in question, Options Clause Entertainment LLC, released a statement on the tour's website simply stating the tour was cancelled and refunds would be given to all ticket holders. There was no explanation as to why the tour has been cancelled, especially only ten days before it was scheduled to begin.
Ben Forster performing Jesus Christ Superstar in New York in April 2014.
The tour was set to start in New Orleans on June 9th and boasted an all-star celebrity cast including Incubus' Brandon Boyd, 'N Sync's Jc Chasez and Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams. Ben Forster, who played Jesus in the production took to Twitter to express his disappointment. He wrote a series of increasingly irritable tweets, the first of which reads "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."
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
Although refunds have been offered, it is stipulated the tickets should be returned to the venue. For many this is an added inconvenience as some were travelling to the location, which hardly makes it a convenient trip if you live out of town. Forster also apologised for this in his statement, following complaints from a number of his followers. Forster wrote "I am so devastated. I'm sorry to everyone who got tickets and flights." Lance Bass, a former member of 'N Sync and friend of Chasez's, also expressed his sadness at the show's cancellation.
@thebenforster That is majorly messed up! I was so looking fwd to seeing all of y'all in New Orleans! Can we get a Hollywood bowl show?!— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) May 30, 2014
It seems little information has been given to the cast and crew about the reasons for cancelling the tour and no further information has been posted on the website. Forster last commented today (1st June) on Twitter, thanking his fellow cast members for a great time working together. Forster wrote "Thank you all for the amazing supportive messages. I am feeling very positive about what's next. Jc's has been amazing. Thanks to all of you."
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Thank u all for the amazing supportive messages. I am feeling very positive about what's next. Jcs has been amazing. Thanks to all of u. X— Ben Forster (@thebenforster) June 1, 2014