John Legend to Play Black Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”

by Olivia Butler

December 20, 2017

Photo by Nigel Waldron/Redferns

John Legend will star as Jesus Christ  in the upcoming NBC live musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! The remake of Jesus Christ Superstar will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! is the latest live musical remake for NBC, following The Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live!  and The Wiz Live! 

According to Shadow and Act the NBC live remake will be will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius.  Alice Cooper was previously announced for the role of King Herod. David Leveaux. is directing. 

Chairman of NBC Entertainment robert Greenblatt said,“We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus.” “This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.”

“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,’” Legend said. “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.”

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