Andrew Lloyd Webber and ITV1 (UK) have announced 'Superstar,' described as "a brand new show that will give the British public the chance to choose the country’s next major rock star."
The format will be similar to Lloyd Webber’s previous four talent series with the BBC – which searched for new stars for his musicals The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard of Oz. This new ITV series will be the first to feature a performance at the O2 Arena, rather than in the West End.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said in a statement that "presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I’m thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar."
The auditions will take place during February and March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff with the stage musical veteran being joined by an as-yet-unknown panel of judges to choose the finalists.
"It is the public who lead the casting process and they’ve got it absolutely right four times already," Lloyd Webber adds. "It’s been wonderful to see the careers of so many of the contestants blossom, so it will be especially fascinating to see who the public chooses as their Superstar!"