Jesus Christ Superstar Live Casts John Legend As JC Himself!
Jesus Christ Superstar Live Cast Announced!
Continuing on with the trend of airing live musicals on TV, NBC is putting on Jesus Christ Superstar and the Jesus Christ Superstar Live cast has officially been teased! Who is in Jesus Christ Superstar Live cast for the NBC show? Jesus Christ Superstar cast John Legend as Jesus Christ himself, and a certain flawless songstress we’ve all grown to love. Also, when does Jesus Christ Superstar Live air? What songs of Jesus Christ Superstar concert feature?
Are you officially hyped for the show? We are!
Click through the slideshow to find out everything you need to know about the one-night-only event!
Jesus Christ Superstar Cast!
There’s plenty of Broadway veterans and A-list musicians joining the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live!
To start it off, Grammy-winning John Legend will play Jesus. While normally an R&B singing, this won’t be his first take strut on Broadway.
Legend has not appeared in a professional musical, but he did produce a 2017 play on Broadway, Jitney, and he wrote music for the (surprise? Maybe just a surprise to me) hit SpongeBob SquarePants The Broadway Musical.
Legend even provided a quick hint about how the music will feel to an audience today as opposed to its original release on Broadway in 1970.
”Musically, we’re going to stick pretty close to the original … but visually we want to update it and refresh it. The set design and costume design are all meant to connect the present to the past a little more.”
Who Will Play Mary Magdalene In NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live?
Sara Bareilles, who just wrapped up playing the title role in the Broadway musical Waitress, which she composed herself, will play Mary Magdalene.
In the musical, Mary Magdalene falls in love with Jesus.
Who Will Play King Herod In NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live?
Proving that this musical is, in fact, a ROCK musical, legend Alice Cooper will appear as King Herod — King Herod tries to determine Jesus’s divinity after he is arrested.
”One of the guys said, 'Will that throw you off, having a live audience?' I'm like, 'What do you think I do every night?' I do rock theatrics in front of an audience, y'know? I'll probably [be] the only one comfortable there. Musical theater is pretty much what I've done for 50 years. I think it'll feel pretty natural.”
Also joining the cast…
Many Broadway actors are appearing in the cast as well, such as Tony nominees Brandon Victor Dixon, Ben Daniels, and Norm Lewis, as Judas, Pontius Pilate, and Caiaphas.
Jesus Christ Superstar Songs
Footage of the star-studded cast practicing their songs has already hit Youtube!
Make sure you check out John Legend rehearsing here.
AND THOUGH IT MIGHT MAKE YOU CRY, please witness Bareilles singing “Everything’s Alright,” a song that has been stuck in my head since my own high school put on a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar when I was a Freshman so many years ago…
When Does Jesus Christ Superstar Live Air On NBC?
Jesus Christ Super Star Live in Concert airs on Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 PM ET on NBC.