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Auditons for new Lloyd Webber production will come to Dublin

File photo dated 10/01/09 of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber who has announced a new hunt to find a lead for Jesus Christ Superstar, after moving from the BBC to ITV. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 18, 2012. The musical impresario, who has found stars for The Sound of Music, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard Of Oz at the BBC, confirmed the move. His move comes after his BBC programmes were criticised for serving the composer's commercial interests. The winner will have a lead role in an arena tour of the rock opera, which will open at London's O2 Arena. Lloyd Webber said: 'Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. See PA story SHOWBIZ Webber. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/01/09 of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber who has announced a new hunt to find a lead for Jesus Christ Superstar, after moving from the BBC to ITV. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 18, 2012. The musical impresario, who has found stars for The Sound of Music, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard Of Oz at the BBC, confirmed the move. His move comes after his BBC programmes were criticised for serving the composer's commercial interests. The winner will have a lead role in an arena tour of the rock opera, which will open at London's O2 Arena. Lloyd Webber said: 'Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. See PA story SHOWBIZ Webber. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said the hunt for a new lead in Jesus Christ Superstar which will come to Ireland, would take the show back to its "roots", after moving from the BBC to ITV.

The musical impresario, who has found stars for The Sound Of Music, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard Of Oz at the BBC, confirmed the move and auditions.



It comes after his BBC programmes were criticised for serving Lord Lloyd-Webber's own commercial interests.



The winner will have a lead role in an arena tour of the rock opera, which will open at London's O2 Arena.



Lord Lloyd-Webber said the new show would allow him to be a "lot more hands-on" with the performers.



He said: "I think it's going to be very exciting. What I'm really excited about is we are taking it back to how it started in an arena.



"I'm looking for a rock band that can play 140 songs. I want the whole thing to be about a complete rock band and I want to see if the kids can do it or not."



Auditions begin next month and take place in Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow, London, and Cardiff.



The most promising new talent will perform on stage in front of Lord Lloyd-Webber and a panel of judges.



He said: "Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting."



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