Andrew Lloyd Webber on the lookout for a new Jesus

The new talent show will be titled Superstar and will be broadcast on ITV for the first time after Lloyd Webber parted ways with the BBC.

The man responsible for worldwide sensations such as The Phantom Of The Opera, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Cats will be holding nationwide auditions where professionals and amateurs are welcome to enter. The prize will be the lead role in new arena tour production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lloyd Webber’s four previous talent searches have produced household names in the world of musical theatre. Former victors have won lead roles in West End productions of  The Sound Of Music, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard Of Oz.

The West End heavyweight commented: “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.”

Information concerning the application process can be found on the ITV website. Announcements regarding the judging panel and an air date are yet to be made.

Phantom is touring the UK in 2012/13.