Chris Moyles joins cast of Jesus Christ Superstar

Chris Moyles is set to make his musical debut in Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Radio 1 DJ has landed the role of King Herod in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production, which will tour arenas later this year.

Chris said: "To receive a phonecall from Andrew is very cool, but then when he asks you to be in his musical that's pretty amazing and there is only one thing to respond with - and that is yes. Absolutely. My mum's gonna be well excited."

The popular presenter wowed the nation with his impressive singing voice when he took part in X Factor: Battle of the Stars.

Spice Girl Mel C and Olivier Award-winning comic and musician Tim Minchin have also been signed up for the show, with Mel playing Mary Magdalene and Tim taking on the part of Judas Iscariot.

Lord Lloyd-Webber is currently putting hopefuls through their paces as he hunts for the perfect person to play Jesus. The search for the star will be aired in the musical mogul’s latest TV talent show, Superstar.

Lord Lloyd-Webber - who wrote Superstar with Sir Tim Rice - said: “We're thrilled to have such great talent in the cast for the new show - they are all true ambassadors of UK entertainment. The remastered album sounds fantastic and we hope that fans both old and new will enjoy it."

Speaking of his search for ‘Jesus’, he told stv.tv: “We’re looking for somebody who plays the role of Jesus who can hold a great big rock arena, we’re not talking about a theatre show here. It’ll be in the O2 [Arena in London] and it’ll actually play in Glasgow too.

“He’s got to be incredibly charismatic, that is obviously clear, he has also got to have a fantastic singing voice."

Tickets will go on sale on Friday at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com, with the reissued album due out on July 16.

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