NBC’s continuing their run of live musical productions with the upcoming staging of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! starring John Legend as Jesus Christ. The new two-minute video released in support of the rock opera features Legend, Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Andrew Lloyd Webber discussing their involvement in the 2018 live television event.
NBC will broadcast Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! on Easter Sunday (April 1st). The musical will air live on the East Coast beginning at 8pm (tape-delayed on the West Coast).
John Legend leads the cast as Jesus Christ, with Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, and Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate. Norm Lewis plays Caiaphas, Jin Ha is Annas, Jason Tam is Peter, and Erik Gronwall is Simon Zealotes.
The Details: From executive producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron comes NBC’s next live musical spectacular, the groundbreaking rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!. Set during the final week of Jesus’ life, the story is told from the perspective of infamous betrayer Judas Iscariot. As more and more followers flock to Jesus, Judas grows concerned that Jesus is becoming arrogant and losing sight of his principles. So when Jesus attacks the money changers in a temple, Judas finally turns on his teacher, setting both on a path to tragedy.
Originally conceived as a concept album that hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the show eventually made its way to the stage in 1971 and garnered five Tony nominations in addition to winning a Drama Desk Award for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now this globally celebrated classic comes to NBC in 2018 for a one-of-a-kind live staging on Easter Sunday that’s sure to amaze with jaw-dropping spectacle, an all-star cast of beloved recording artists and a fresh soundtrack featuring such hits as “Heaven on Their Minds,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Superstar.”
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