The family of the Superstar winner Ben Forster, from Sunderland, are looking forward to watching him in Newcastle on Friday. Ben won the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar during its UK arena tour.
His mother June Forster was at the premiere, when the audience gave her son a standing ovation.
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The annual event, which has attracted upwards of 50,000 people, is back in Centre Square on July 15 and 16.
Sunderland are just three points behind sixteenth placed Middlesbrough despite a 4-0 home defeat to Southampton in their last league outing.