John Legend has been set for the title role in NBC’s live staging of “Jesus Christ Superstar” set for Easter Sunday, April 1st 2018.
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” is based on the 1971 Andrew Lloyd Weber musical revolving around the final week of Jesus’ life with the story 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.
Previously adapted for film in 1973, the production contains such memorable songs as the title track along with “What’s the Buzz,” “Everything’s Alright” and “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”. Rocker Alice Cooper has already been cast as King Herrod, the two other key roles of Jesus’ mother Mary and Judas have yet to be announced.
British theater director and five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux will helm the show which Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will executive produce.