Rock musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' with Michelle Williams abruptly cancels American tour

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FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, from left, singer John Rotten Lydon throws bananas at the media, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams and Brandon Boyd look on, at the "Jesus Christ Superstar" arena spectacular press conference and press performance to announce a North American arena tour in New York. The new arena version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" has abruptly canceled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans. Producers quietly pulled the plug on the project Friday without explanation. Fran Curtis, a publicist for the show from press representative Rogers & Cowan, did not return messages seeking a reason for the cancellation. The tour was to start June 9 at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and include stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A new arena version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" starring punk legend John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has abruptly cancelled its 54-city tour just days before its launch in New Orleans.

Producers quietly pulled the plug on the project Friday without explanation. Show publicist Fran Curtis did not return messages seeking a reason for the cancellation.

The tour was to start June 9 at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and include stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, New York City, Boston and Philadelphia.

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