- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 10, 2014

What do a Sex Pistols’ frontman, a boy-band heartthrob and a member of Destiny’s Child who is “not Beyonce” have in common?

This summer, they will be sharing a stage as part of the touring cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the 1971 rock opera that tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus’ life.

The Son of God normally takes center stage when it comes to New Testament retellings, but the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice uses secondary characters to recount Christ’s final week.

Putting the rock in rock opera, John (“Johnny Rotten”) Lydon, former lead singer of the British punk band, will play King Herod, while JC Chasez of the band ‘N Sync — yes, the same pop monster that also created Justin Timberlake — takes on the role of Pontius Pilate.

Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child steps into the role of Mary Magdalene, and everyone’s favorite betrayer, Judas Iscariot, is played by Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd.

The title role will be played by Ben Forster, an Englishman who is no stranger to the stage, and won a singing contest in 2012 that landed the same role for television. The story, according to the show’s website, has been updated to 2014 and includes “contemporary costumes plus arena-scale lighting and video effects.”

The show kicks off June 9 in New Orleans and passes through 50 cities — including the District on Aug. 7 — before the end of its run Aug. 17 in Philadelphia.

A scroll through the site’s pictures display a set and light show that could rival any stadium show during ‘N Sync’s heyday, and the 50-member cast includes a half-dozen “parkour” performers, so expect lots of tumbling and climbing on the way up to Calvary.


Just about everyone, from 2-year-olds with rock star dreams to burly guys with their sensitive sides (and tone-deaf friends), has given voice to their version of the song “Let It Go,” the wildly popular song from the Disney movie “Frozen.”

Originally sung by Broadway star Idina Menzel, the song has taken the Internet by storm with all manner of versions posted to YouTube. Just in time for Passover, the Jewish a capella group Six13 has created its own version: “Chozen (A Passover Tribute).”

“This Passover we celebrate our freedom, our favorite festival, our fabulous fans, and aspiring Disney princesses everywhere,” the group said on the video’s YouTube page.

Sporting jeans, button-down shirts and black blazers, the six men meander through New York City singing about plagues, pharaohs and Moses demanding to “let us go.”

Since its posting Monday, the video has received about 120,0000 views and mostly favorable reviews.

The video can be watched using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwBuNtd4xAY.

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