Sunderland makes holy trinity of Superstars as third Wearsider chosen for musical

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ANOTHER Wearside lad has been selected for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour.

Adam Hassanien, from Washington, will be understudy for the part of Annas – a principal role in the rock opera.

The ex-Sunderland High School pupil will take to the stage with Superstar TV show winner Ben Forster, from Millfield, and Michael Pickering, from Barnes, who will play Peter.

After auditioning for Superstar and making it to the final 100, Adam was asked if he would audition for the role of Annas instead.

Two auditions later, Adam was cast as the understudy for Annas as well as a role in the singing ensemble.

“I’ve got double the parts to learn,” said the 24-ear-old, whose stage name is Adam Strong.

“But I’m so proud. I don’t have any words for how I’m feeling.

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever done.”

Adam has been singing since he was eight and always knew he would like to make a career out of his passion.

“I joined the local choir when I was eight and was cast as Jerome in South Pacific at the Sunderland Empire.”

Adam attended Newcastle College after school, where he completed a foundation degree in musical theatre before heading to the London School of Musical Theatre.

He has since toured Europe with the 
International Magic Tenors and is currently performing in Spain in the Rat Pack show.

Now Adam will be working alongside former Spice Girl Mel C, musical comedian Tim Minchin and Radio One DJ Chris Moyles, as well as fellow Sunderland lads Ben and Michael.

Adam said: “Working with these people is going to be an amazing experience.

“Tim Minchin is such a talent and I saw Mel C in Blood Brothers. I have a lot of 
respect or her. It’s a bit overwhelming really.

“The cast are so renowned so it’s going to be really exciting.

“I’ve been to auditions with Michael 
before, but I’ve never really met him, so it’s going to be great to work alongside him.”

Adam said he couldn’t have got to where he is without the support of his family and the help of his singing teachers.

“I want to say a big thank you to my family and friends and I’m dedicating my performance to my gran, Olga.

“I have everything to thank my singing teachers Christine Borthwick and Maggie Ballantyne for.”

Adam’s mother Susan Hassanien said her son has worked 
incredibly hard to get to where he is now.

Susan, a 54-year-old beauty therapy tutor, said: “I’m so proud, I can’t tell you.

“This is the biggest thing in musical theatre right now and everybody wanted to be in it. To get a part was not easy.

“I’m so happy for him.

“He has worked so hard and to get into Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show is quite an achievement.”

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