U.S. tour was canceled days before it was set to premiere.
The story surrounding the U.S. production of Jesus Christ Superstar -- which was canceled days before its official U.S. premiere -- just got messier.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group production company is taking legal action against the U.S. promoter of Jesus Christ Superstar, Michael Cohl's Options Clause Entertainment, in order to recover its costs.
Cohl canceled Jesus Christ Superstar just before its scheduled June 9 premiere in New Orleans. Cohl said it was a business decision and cited "horrific" ticket sales despite the all-star cast: Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams, Incubus' Brandon Boyd, 'N Sync's JC Chasez and Sex Pistols' John Lydon.
Webber's company said the cancellation was a "unilateral decision" by OCE and that they've "been tirelessly working to find an out of court settlement of the costs incurred by cancellation at such a late stage" in a statement. Really Useful Group said it was left with "no option but to proceed with legal action to recover its costs associated with the project and in turn, satisfy outstanding payments to suppliers and contractors."
"OCE is disappointed that RUG chose to misrepresent the facts and litigate issues that should have been resolved amicably," Michael Cohl said in a statement to Billboard. "The fact is that the show did not sell. We look forward to our day in court."
Michael Cohl is a veteran promoter, having overseen tours by the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. In the Broadway realm, Cohl co-produced the beleaguered Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical as well as Rock Of Ages: The Musical.