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Fox Orders Live Easter Musical Special The Passion, Hosted by Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry will narrate and host a star-packed production of the Easter musical The Passion, which will air on Fox on Palm Sunday, the network announced Tuesday.

The two-hour live musical event will be broadcast from New Orleans; though the production promises big names performing popular music, the cast has not yet been announced. Adam Anders (Glee) will arrange the musical numbers.

The Passion is a modern retelling of the last days of Jesus of Nazareth’s life, ending with his crucifixion and resurrection. Fox’s ambitious staging will involve many iconic New Orleans locations, “culminating in a procession of hundreds carrying a 20-foo, illuminated cross from Champion Square outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River,” the network’s release states.

The telecast will be produced by dick clark productions, Eye2Eye Media (which created a similar event, pictured at right, in The Netherlands in 2011) and Anders Media Inc.

The Passion will air on March 20, 2016. Fox’s previously announced other live musical event, Grease: Live, will air on Jan. 31.

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