The show features Ben Forster, winner of ITV casting show Superstar, as Jesus, with Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot, Melanie C as Mary Magdalene and Chris Moyles as King Herod.
The production is about to embark on a tour around 11 cities across the UK and Ireland.
Everything’s not alright, alas, about a production which isn’t so much a musical as a deafening, deadening travesty of a great show… Ben Forster, who acts with soulful gazes and flicks of his tousled hair, but hits the high notes as required…I’ve seldom seen a production as utterly misconceived and overblown as this one...If the production completely fails to sustain the tensions of the story - the loud bits are excruciating, the tender moments lost - that’s largely not the fault of a hard-working, even harder-singing cast. There are a couple of triumphs among the casting. Tim Minchin effortlessly rises above the din to show that there’s nothing this man can’t do…And Alex Hanson, as Pontius Pilate, lends supreme vocal authority and acting assurance to prove what years of experience can bring to the stage…