NBC’s annual live musical has found its leading man in singer/actor John Legend.
The event usually airs during the holiday season, but the network decided to wait until Easter for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!.
Legend will play Jesus alongside the previously announced Alice Cooper as King Herod.
“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” Legend said in a statement. “It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.”
Based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, the story follows the last week in the life of Jesus.
“John Legend is a superstar,” Rice said in a statement. “As a performer, his voice is infectious and effortless. As an actor, he is believable and honest. I’m thrilled he will be able to share his portrayal of Jesus with the world.”
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! will air from Marcy Armory in Brooklyn on April 1, Easter Sunday on NBC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly