Superstar: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to audition both men and women for Jesus Christ role

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Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is hoping to audition both men and women in his new show, Superstar, which will search for a singer to play Jesus Christ in an arena adaption of his hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Sun reports that the show will be open to both men and women to try out for the show, which will also seek to find someone to play the role of Judas.

"Andrew wants to create the best performance he can and if that means hiring a woman to be Jesus then so be it," a source told the tabloid. "For him it's all about the talent."

A spokesperson for the show, which will start on ITV1 this summer, said: "The role was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber for a great rock tenor 42 years ago.

"It was first performed by Ian Gillan — one of the greatest rock tenors of our time. Our auditions are open to anyone and we're all very excited to meet potential auditionees."

Auditions take place next month, with lucky hopefuls making it through to an X Factor style boot camp where just twelve will be chosen to go through to the live shows.

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