Amanda Holden shows off elegant chic look as stars turn out to watch new stage production


They say break a leg! Mel C leaves Jesus Christ Superstar after-party on crutches after spraining ankle earlier in the day… but she still manages show

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00:02 GMT, 22 September 2012

The phrase commonly said to performers ahead of a show is to 'break a leg'.

And Mel C was seen hobbling away from the debut show of Jesus Chris Superstar on crutches – but thankfully she had only suffered a sprain.

The Spice Girls singer, 38, managed to make it through the performance of the musical despite injuring herself earlier in the day.

Thankfully it was just a sprain: Mel C arrived at the after party for Jesus Christ Superstar on crutches. The singer managed to perform in the show despite suffering a sprain earlier in the day

Thankfully it was just a sprain: Mel C arrived at the after party for Jesus Christ Superstar on crutches. The singer managed to perform in the show despite suffering a sprain earlier in the day

Mel C also managed to toast the successful first show with her co-stars Chris Moyles, Ben Forster and Tim Minchin at a party following the performance.

The Spice Girl arrived at the bash in a pearl-coloured lace dress with peplum detail and she accessorised with a bandage around her ankle.

The show's writer and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was also on hand to join in the celebrations.

A big success: Chris Moyles, Mel C, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Forster and Tim Minchin celebrated their successful first show at the 02 tonight

A big success: Chris Moyles, Mel C, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Forster and Tim Minchin celebrated their successful first show at the 02 tonight

Talented bunch: Mel was seen hugging Andrew and Ben at the party

Talented bunch: Mel was seen hugging Andrew and Ben at the party

There was a whole of host of famous faces on the red carpet ahead of the show at the 02 last night.

Amanda Holden Jennifer Saunders,
Jason Donovan and Dawn French were just some off the guests who turned
out to take in the show.

There wasn't just celeb action off
the stage either, as many guests attended to see to see Chris Moyles
make his major stage debut in a new production the show.

Moment to shine: Chris Moyles seemed relieved to have gotten his first performance out of the way while Jennifer Saunders congratulated Mel on her role

Moment to shine: Chris Moyles seemed relieved to have gotten his first performance out of the way while Jennifer Saunders congratulated Mel on her role

Moment to shine: Chris Moyles seemed relieved to have gotten his first performance out of the way while Jennifer Saunders congratulated Mel on her role

Look who it is! Amanda stepped out to see Chris Moyles in his debut role as King Herod

Look who it is! Amanda stepped out to see Chris Moyles in his debut role as King Herod

The updated version of the stage
musical, co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, also stars
comic Tim Minchin as Judas Iscariot and former Mel stars as
Mary Magdalene.

Ben Forster is in the role of Jesus
Christ after receiving the most votes in Superstar, ITV1's hunt for a
performer to play the son of God.

It went great! Webber took to the say a few words at the end of the show

It went great! Webber took to the say a few words at the end of the show

'There is only one true superstar in the show, Tim Minchin': Sarah Bull reviews Jesus Christ Superstar

Star of the show: Sarah was impressed by Tim Minchin and labelled him the real superstar of the show

Star of the show: Sarah was impressed by Tim Minchin and labelled him the real superstar of the show

He might have won an ITV talent show to be crowned Jesus Christ Superstar, but while Ben Forster was incredible in the title role of the new arena tour there is only one true superstar in the show- Tim Minchin.
The long-haired comedian, previously known mainly for his quick-witted humour and musical jokes, takes on the vocally challenging role of Judas in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production.
The part takes a huge amount of talent due to the speed of the songs and range of vocals needed, but Minchin manages it with ease.
Forster, meanwhile, was clearly the favourite among the female fans in the audience, and was greeted by a chorus of cheers and whistles as he took to the stage at London's O2 Arena for his first song as Jesus.
Clearly set to be a Superstar in his own right after the show has finished, Foster's boyish charm and incredible singing talents proved an attractive mixture, with the heartthrob throwing himself whole-heartedly into the role and managing the difficult emotive sequences with ease.
The lead female role of Mary Magdalene in Superstar is taken on by Sporty Spice herself, Melanie Chisholm, and is the latest proof that the stunning brunette is much more than a former girlband member.
While the singer had injured herself in the dress rehearsal, she soldiered on through the live show with no indication of the sprained ankle she was suffering from.
Meanwhile, former Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles plays King Herod in a much-anticipated role. However, while not making an appearance in the show until the second half, Moyles appeared on stage for just one song. And despite bringing a comedic undertone the role, Moyles failed to impress with his vocal talents-opting for the talking rather than singing approach to his track. However, Moyles still managed to entertain viewers, sentencing Jesus in a Britain's Got Talent-type show and making modern references to acts including One Direction.
The new production of Superstar comes from director Laurence Connor, who has brought the show into the 21st Century with an edgy new plot inspired by the London riots.
The show is undoubtedly much more raw and gritty than previous reincarnations, with Lloyd-Webber himself saying: 'Even the hardened rockers in our cast were taken aback by how cutting edge Laurence's vision for the show is.'
And following the opening night, Lloyd-Webber took to the stage among his cast thanking them for 'producing the Superstar show I have been dreaming about for the past 42 years'.
For more information on the show, which runs from 21st September to 21st October, or to book tickets, visit Jesuschristsuperstar.com.