The winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber's TV search for Jesus said he still cannot believe he won the part.
Ben Forster plays the lead in the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar which comes to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Friday.
His family on Wearside say they never doubted he would fulfill his dream and cannot wait to see him performing in the region.
It is only seven weeks since Ben was voted the winner of the show, but at the premiere on Friday he was given a standing ovation. He said the success of the show has been "overwhelming".