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April 5, 2014

'Jesus Christ Superstar' coming to Boston arena

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Ticket prices in America will be between $29 and $125.

Cohl, who was a lead producer on the ill-fated, aerial-effects laden “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” declined to talk too much about the financing, but said the new show’s total costs are in the “eight figures” and needs to pull in “several hundred thousand dollars” each night to keep it on the road.

“It’s a particular pleasure for me to get to work on this show — particularly because there’s no flying,” Cohl joked.

The original production earned five Tony Award nominations, including one for Ben Vereen, who played Judas. A film version was released in 1973 and the last Broadway revival was staged in 2012 under the direction of Des McAnuff.

The musical dramatizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the unrest caused by his preaching and popularity, his betrayal by Judas, the trial before Pontius Pilate and his ultimate crucifixion. It marked an early collaboration between Lloyd Webber and Rice, who also created “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Evita.”

At a press conference yesterday announcing the tour, Williams, Forster and Boyd sang a few songs and Lydon, formerly of the Sex Pistols, threw out bananas to the media, using expletives with ease.

Chasez said the cast — with backgrounds from punk to pop — would bring their different performance styles and create something special.”It sounds crazy and wonderful at the same time,” he said.

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