The Passion Live

The Passion: Did Fox's Live-ish Musical Do Justice to Jesus' Story?

For those that observe Palm Sunday, you’d be hard-pressed to find a celebration more extravagant than Fox’s live broadcast of The Passion, a contemporary retelling of the story of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, set on the streets of New Orleans.

Starring Jencarlos Canela (Telenovela) as Jesus, American Idol‘s Chris Daughtry as Judas and singer Seal as Pontius Pilate, the two-hour broadcast updated just about every aspect of the Bible’s story to fit modern society. (If you need proof that this adaptation takes place in 2016, look no further than Jesus’ Last Supper, which used loaves and fishes from a food truck.)

Coming off the success of January’s buzzy Grease: Live, Fox had its own big shoes to fill with The Passion as its follow-up — and given that the broadcast took place at New Orleans’ most iconic locales, it arguably gave Grease a run for its money in terms of size and scope. But did the network’s contemporary version do justice to a cornerstone of Christianity?

The Passion Live FoxBefore you grade Sunday’s production, let’s break down a few notable (if sometimes puzzling) moments:

* We’re beginning to wonder if Fox’s musical should have been titled The Passion Live*, with a clear footnote stating it would only be half-live. Up until Jesus’ public condemnation, all of the songs were performed via pre-taped music videos — which, strangely, still required Canela & Co. to wear their microphones and in-ear monitors. We’re all for those glossy, well-edited packages, but we’d already gotten our hopes up for a thoroughly live evening.

* Also jarring? The periodic appearances from HLN/CNN correspondent Nischelle Turner, who conducted man-on-the-street interviews with the civilians carrying Jesus’ 20-foot illuminated cross through New Orleans. Don’t get us wrong; the live production drew much of its energy from the emotion of the Louisiana crowd. But woven in between Tyler Perry’s compelling narration and the cast’s moving musical performances, Turner’s news reports seemed misplaced.

* Speaking of moving performances, Trisha Yearwood slayed her five songs, did she not?

* Also, is American Idol grad Adam Lambert cool with sharing the throne for Best “Mad World” Performance? Because Seal’s powerful cover of the song was one of the evening’s high points — but not as poignant, of course, as Jesus’ resurrection, set to a surprisingly fitting cover of Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally.”

OK, your turn. What did you think of Fox’s Passion production? Grade it in our poll below, then hit the comments with all of your thoughts on the musical.

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132 Comments
  1. Melanie says:

    I didn’t think the cross going through town and the on the spot interviews were misplaced. On the contrary, it was moving. Ordinary people coming together to share their faith was extraordinary.
    Also, the performances were realistic. The emotions ran true.
    I applaud Tyler Perry for having the guts to bring the Gospel to prime time.

  2. Mimi Vega says:

    Loved the modern adaptation. The musical performances were great, with Daughtrey’s rendition of “Wake Me Up Inside” sounding, well, heavenly. I do a agree, the CNN reporter did not mesh well with the broadcast. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.

    • steven says:

      The song’s called Bring me to Life.

    • Reneerr says:

      Ah! I’m not the only one that wished they hadn’t done the reporter thing, but it was so fantastic, I’ll live with it. Lol

      • J Bishop says:

        My thoughts exactly Reneerr.

      • Blue says:

        It is part of the experience here in The Netherlands where the concept originates (After a similar event in the UK). Here we have people from all walks of life carrying the cross through the streets of a new city every year. There are Muslim people, atheists and Christians alike. Hearing about their emotions while carrying the cross is part of the total experience. It moves me everytime. It is televised on Maundy Thursday.

    • jack says:

      Can you post the words to the song?

    • jack says:

      Here are the words to the song … someone please tell me how this is a Christian song?

      “Bring Me To Life”
      (feat. Paul McCoy)

      How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
      Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb
      Without a soul my spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold
      Until you find it there and lead it back home

      (Wake me up)
      Wake me up inside
      (I can’t wake up)
      Wake me up inside
      (Save me)
      Call my name and save me from the dark
      (Wake me up)
      Bid my blood to run
      (I can’t wake up)
      Before I come undone
      (Save me)
      Save me from the nothing I’ve become

      Now that I know what I’m without
      You can’t just leave me
      Breathe into me and make me real
      Bring me to life

      (Wake me up)
      Wake me up inside
      (I can’t wake up)
      Wake me up inside
      (Save me)
      Call my name and save me from the dark
      (Wake me up)
      Bid my blood to run
      (I can’t wake up)
      Before I come undone
      (Save me)
      Save me from the nothing I’ve become

      Bring me to life
      (I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
      Bring me to life

      Frozen inside without your touch
      Without your love, darling
      Only you are the life among the dead

      All this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see
      Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
      I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
      Got to open my eyes to everything
      Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul
      Don’t let me die here
      There must be something more
      Bring me to life

      (Wake me up)
      Wake me up inside
      (I can’t wake up)
      Wake me up inside
      (Save me)
      Call my name and save me from the dark
      (Wake me up)
      Bid my blood to run
      (I can’t wake up)
      Before I come undone
      (Save me)
      Save me from the nothing I’ve become

      Bring me to life
      (I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
      Bring me to life

      • Donna Murphy says:

        Some of the words were changed in the song Daughtry sang in order to be of Christian following…inthought it was very well done.

        • jack says:

          The song is a secular love song. It has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or Christianity. If this is the type of ‘Christian song’ you profess being good — you really need to do some soul searching.

      • Mimi Vega says:

        Jack, people pray, cry out for help and express their spiritual loss in many different ways. Not everything is meant to be literal. This song, although not written specifically about spiritually, may be spiritual to someone. If the message is heard and felt, by those in need of healing, then isn’t that the point? I don’t know about you, but I was moved by the song; performance, and I think many were. I never pray in the same way, ever. And yes, I pray and talk to God all the time. Sometimes I sing… whatever song is in my heart at the moment. But that’s just me.

        • Ketel says:

          Jack, You propose the most thought provoking questions. Thank you and thank you for posting the lyrics! That was thoughtful. I think this song was an interesting choice and I would not have considered it to have Christian overtones prior to hearing it in this production. Here is how I experienced it and I will attempt to express my thoughts about it. I apologize in advance if anything is not doctrinally sound. I am just a normal person with too much time on my hands and for some reason this Passion musical has been a surprisingly fascinating topic for me.

          “Bring Me To Life”
          (feat. Paul McCoy)

          How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
          Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb
          Without a soul my spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold
          Until you find it there and lead it back home

          To me, this speaks to the deep depravity caused in the human soul as consequence of sin. Jesus cared about us so much that He was willing to find us in this place beyond despair and into spiritual and emotional death. It is difficult for me to explain that level of despair. The best way for me verbalize it would be to say that if you have experienced it, it does not need explaining and it would impossible to explain it to someone who has not been there.

          I will risk being a little more transparent. When I was at this point in my life is when I met Jesus. In reality, however, Jesus did not come to meet me at this point in my life. The fact is, He was already there waiting for me when I arrived. He was there waiting for me because He had already experienced this suffering with me by way of his sacrifice on Cross of Calvary. I think these lyrics describe well how I felt before Jesus found me.

          Frozen inside without your touch
          Without your love, darling
          Only you are the life among the dead
          All this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see

          St John of the Cross once wrote, “When You looked at me Your eyes imprinted your grace in me; for this you loved me ardently; and thus my eyes deserved to adore what they beheld in you.” This lyric by McCoy echoes this emotional response of my soul towards Jesus. “Without Your love, darling, only You are the life among the dead.” When applied to Jesus, it would be challenging to find a word more Christian in its essence. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by Me. That life, the life that He is, is grounded in the love God. It is so true what McCoy writes! “All this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see!” I relate to this as well because, like the blind man healed by Jesus in Gospel of John, I say, “one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” Interestingly, the first line of this stanza is reminiscent of the center of hell as imagined by Dante in his Inferno. In the center, Satan is not writhing in fiery pain he is actually frozen and immobile as a consequence of his selfishness and distance from God. Without God and Jesus, I am in the same boat.

          Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
          I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
          Got to open my eyes to everything
          Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul

          God does not keep us in the dark. We are kept in the light the whole time. We are kept in the dark by our choice not open our eyes and seeing the light and the truth that is right in front of us (me). When we do this we not left “without a thought” we are filled with the Logos of God; we are not left “without a voice” we are filled with the Word; and we are not left, “without a soul” we are given eternal life.

          Don’t let me die here
          There must be something more
          Bring me to life
          (Wake me up)
          Wake me up inside
          (I can’t wake up)
          Wake me up inside
          (Save me)
          Call my name and save me from the dark
          (Wake me up)
          Bid my blood to run
          (I can’t wake up)
          Before I come undone
          (Save me)
          Save me from the nothing I’ve become
          Bring me to life
          (I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
          Bring me to life

          This chorus reminds me of some of the Psalms. The one that stands out the most for me is Psalm 51. This is the Psalm of repentance to God by King David after the prophet Nathan confronts him about sending Uriah to his death to stealing Bethsheba to be his wife. He repents for almost every mortal sin a person can do, and God forgives. I wasn’t there when Judas betrayed Jesus and I would not even speculate what he was going through inside, but I think that if he had an ounce of the humble desperation in this song, then things might have turned out different for him.

          P.S. And Mimi, I could not agree more with your comment.

          • jack says:

            I suggest you actually read some sound doctrinal hymns … there are hundreds of them — some centuries old that have deep meaning today.

          • Ketel says:

            Thank you Jack. I will respectfully take your suggestion and I thank you for reading my comment. May God bless you and keep you.

          • Mimi Vega says:

            “Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many perspectives. In general, it includes a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life. As such, it is a universal human experience—something that touches us all.” Yes. I am a spiritual person. I have been exposed to, and visited many different churches, of many different faiths, since childhood. I was a parish secretary, once. That was different. I have family who are Catholics, Jehovas Witnesses, Pentecostal, Muslim, Jewish…and Christians. I love them all dearly. I believe in God. I do good for others when I can. I try to live my life, always thinking of ways to help others, lift others up and I am a magnet for those looking for an ear they can trust to vent, without judgement. Im not sure why, it’s just that way. I don’t feel a need to go to church to feel close to God. He is with me everyday. And I am pretty certain, in my personal life, that distance, from organized religion, has allowed me to be non judgemental and accepting of people. Its my personal decision, from my life experiences.

        • jack says:

          You talk spiritually not Christianity. There is so much the Gospel has to offer to everyone — why try to change it when you don’t have to.

          Try going to a good Church that preaches the Gospel. There are many who have services this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Go to church this Holy Week … sit and listen — if you’re not hearing God’s word – get up and go somewhere else where you will.

  3. mrmcgee says:

    I really enjoyed it and was pretty impressed with how it was conceived. There was great use of those songs! Great job all around.

  4. Mary says:

    I was absolutely moved ; tears flowed so freely.
    This was very moving and I recorded so I can watch it again. Needs to be aired again.

  5. Mary says:

    Is this production going to be aired again before Easter?

  6. Paula Cotterly says:

    I thought it was a spectacular concept —and I am an atheist.

    • Reneerr says:

      Even so, God still loves you…..:o)

      • Stephen says:

        Exactly what an atheist desires: a smug and condensending “God loves you.”

      • Stephen A. says:

        But will send her to gell. Mmmm such love

        • truthinlove712 says:

          That’s not really true. There is a difference between “sending” someone to Hell versus recognizing we are headed there anyway and spending the entire arc of history providing an opportunity for us to be reconciled to him and avoid that ending.

          My kid is riding his bike down the street and I see an open pit in the sidewalk. He’s headed right for it. I call out for him to change direction, to come back to me, or at least stop. When he hears me, if he recognizes my voice, loves and trust me, he stops or changes direction. If instead he plugs his ears and falls in the pit, I have not loved him less, nor have I sent him there. I would be terribly grieved and hate what has happened, but I would not love him less or wish that on him.

          All analogies break down at a certain point and the above is certainly not perfect. But, it’s a start.

          • Martha says:

            I think that is a pretty good analogy. Christ died for all but if you reject Him then who is to blame?

  7. So this was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. Color me pleasantly surprised.

    • Tm says:

      I agree. Me too. I miss my faith. Are we all just so busy /stressed that we forget? No matter what religious background we come from, good is good. Integrity. Honesty. Church every Sunday… It’s been years. Gotta go back. Thanks Fox.

  8. mimi says:

    Simply uplifting, I didn’t know what to expect, but it brought a 2000 year old story to something relatable in our current times. Loved how these songs took a whole new meaning. I loved the reporter and people just united under love carrying the cross.

  9. Brad hagen says:

    Wow

  10. Grant and Val Norlin says:

    We Loved loved loved this. Using secular current music in this context was a fabulous idea and was far more reaching and universally appealing than using traditional gospel music. This conveyed the Easter story without being preachy. We need more goodness like thi on tv today. Thank you for airing this. Grant and Val

  11. Mary says:

    I loved it, and hope they will rebroadcast it, on Easter Sunday. Moved me to tears a few times. Tyler Perry did a great job telling the story. Trisha Yearwood…what can you say? Fantastic!!

    • Chris says:

      Fox is actually repeating “Grease Live” next Sunday!

    • Chris says:

      Fox is actually rebroadcasting “Grease Live” next Sunday!

    • CarolL says:

      According to the FOX website: “If you miss the live show, you can stream The Passion ON DEMAND anytime on FOX.com
      and all FOX NOW apps starting Monday, March 21, 2016.” If you have cable/salivate, it might be available through the ON DEMAND feature through your provider as well.

  12. coneyro says:

    I’m watching it now, as I taped it so I could skip the commercials. Wow! Daughtrey’s voice just blew my mind. Trisha sounds great, too.
    I love that Tyler Perry is narrating it simply, so that non-ChrIstians like myself(I am Jewish) can easily follow the storyline.
    Really beautiful so far.

  13. Annie says:

    I thought it was terrific. But I agree…..the reporter on the ground with the cross was odd. I could have done without her actual reporting and just been okay with shots of the progress the cross was making. I was impressed with how the songs fit the scene they were setting. And the performances were spot on. Well done!

    • Annie says:

      PS…way too many commercials. I dvr’d it but watched it in real time. I wish I had just waited to watch so I could skip the commercials.

      • CarolL says:

        Unfortunately, somebody has to pay for the production, so the commercials are a necessary evil of sorts. The bulk of them were for faith-based movies, the new Jennifer Garner one, and Melissa Joan Hart in “God’s Not Deal 2”

  14. Louis says:

    loved it ,I cried and all the song were on point with the story and now I have a new meaning for some of my favorites songs

  15. Claire williams says:

    There may come a day when the biblical truth is not allowed on tv like this. Praise God this was televised and supported by people of all ages and nations. Tears were real. Cross was awesome. Moving my heart.

    • big cheddar says:

      Really? I think if the ratings are high enough, we’ll probably see more events like this. Networks are always looking for ways to get viewers and buzz; something like this might to it.

      On a different note, the real MVP of tonight’s performance was the executive music producer. His song selections were inspired!

    • Mrs Miller says:

      The religion of Christianity will always have a place in entertainment, just like all the re-tellings of the other ancient myths.

  16. Reneerr says:

    FOX, YOU HAVE A HIT ON YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Me says:

    Apparently tvline.com believes in censorship of reviews…..

  18. Joye says:

    Will they’ve showing it again fit those that missed it?

    • CarolL says:

      f you miss the live show, you can stream The Passion ON DEMAND anytime on FOX.com

      and all FOX NOW apps starting Monday, March 21, 2016.

  19. Diana says:

    No need for Nachelle Turner. Should have left the commentary out and just showed the.movement of the cross. Took theoof away.

  20. m3rissa says:

    Although I didn’t like that the only disciples they recognized were Peter and Judas and the few historical errors (5 loaves and 2 fish was the feeding of the 5000 not the Lord’s supper) I LOVED everything else about this. The music was well thought out and poignant in the moment, it set the tone for every scene. And while cutting to the cross traveling through the streets was a little jarring at times it was amazing to hear people’s stories of faith and why they chose to walk with the cross. Tyler Perry and FOX did a fantastic job with this production and I hope they continue to show it for years to come so it can continue to touch people no matter what they believe.

  21. Like a modern Godspell for this generation. I loved it!

  22. Nancy says:

    The choices of songs were very fitting. The singers outstanding. The story very moving. I agree with the review of the news coverage on the streets. It felt out of place and somewhat detracted from the story. All and all I did enjoy watching this performance of The Passion.

  23. Steve F. says:

    I was surprised at how moved I was by The Passion (not gonna lie, at one point I was in tears). It wasn’t preachy as I thought it would be, and all the musical performances were on point.

    I did chuckle at the five loaves and two fishes being bought out of Carla Hall’s food truck, though… and Tyler Perry’s comment was priceless!

    • Ketel says:

      I liked the 5 loaves and 2 fishes too. I think it was a subtle reference to John 6…but I am Catholic…so I see the Eucharist in everythomh…what can i say?

      • tennsldy says:

        The music was good. The story was interesting in its new form.
        What bothered me about the 5 loaves and two fish is that the Last Supper was a Passover feast! Christ is our Passover lamb. He has saved us from the spiritual death we deserve because of His sacrifice for our sin. This is pretty important so I wish they hadn’t substituted the meal with food taken from a miracle that Jesus performed. Just saying that some changes just don’t need to be done to make it fit the contemporary world.

        • Ketel says:

          I see your point of view about the deviation from the Last Supper in this production as it is presented in the synoptic Gospels. I also agree with what you have said about Jesus being our Paschal Lamb and having saved us from spiritual death. I would take it a bit further, however. According to the instructions given by God and delivered by Moses to the Israelites in Exodus, for the sacrifice to be effective, the Passover lamb not only had to be sacrificed it also had to be physically eaten. If the family decided not to eat the lamb, the first-born son would have died. Interestingly, the account of the miraculous feeding of the 5,000 described in John 6 also occurred during a Passover festival. And, immediately following this miracle, Jesus gives His I Am The Bread of Life/Bread from Heaven teaching, which eventually caused a large number His disciples to leave Him (including Judas in his heart). This was a hard teaching for the ancient world and it is still a hard teaching for the contemporary world. The part of the teaching when Jesus states that His flesh is true food and His blood is true drink is intimately linked to the Last Supper from a Catholic/sacramental perspective. To a person in a non-Catholic Christian tradition this may not mean much, so I understand if it seemed seems out of place or disconnected, but I would not concede to you that it is unimportant. I am not sure if the writers even meant it that way, but that is the way I received it.

          After more reflection, I also very much liked the juxtaposition of St Peter and Judas Iscariot as men with similar (not identical) betrayals and how they emotionally processed their individual relationships with Jesus. I related to both of them in ways I hadn’t thought of before. It was surprisingly moving.

          Great job Fox, Perry, and everyone involved.

          • jack says:

            So what you’re saying is that Jesus lied when he said ‘take eat, this is my body, take drink, this is my blood’?

          • Ketel says:

            Not at all. I believe that when Jesus said take and eat for this My body and take and drink for this is My blood at the Last Supper that He was giving His true body and true blood to His disciples in fullfillment if the New and Perfect Passover instituting the New and Eternal Covenant between God and mankind. This is the same true body and true blood of Christ I receive at each and every Holy Mass through the miracle of transubstantiation.

  24. peterwdawson says:

    Definitely better than some more recent things that have been associated with the phrase ‘Tyler Perry Presents’.

  25. Fernanda says:

    Trisha Yearwood’s voice moved me.. god bless her

  26. Lorenzo says:

    I worked on this production and find it offensive that people think that Tyler Perry had to anything with this show other than being the host. NOT his idea and honestly the only reason he was chosen is because he is from New Orleans. The concept came from Europe where they have been doing this show for several years and it travels from city to city. Don’t get me wrong, Perry was the perfect choice and did an excellent job ! But it DEFINITELY was not Tyler Perry’s the PASSION. So now ya know

    • CarolL says:

      Media articles have erroneously stated it was from Tyler Perry, but it was based on a Dutch production created by Jacco Doornbos, who was in turn inspired by traditional European Passion Plays. Adam Anders, formerly of Glee, brought the idea to the US, and served as executive producer and music director for The Passion. Anders and Doornbos are the ones who developed this production for television.

  27. ScottJ says:

    Whole thing looked live to me. The “pre-taped music videos” were more like live feeds from other parts of the city.

  28. I did not know what to expect and I really loved this program so much. Telling this story as if it was today set with music of now was well executed and kept me engaged. The performances by each artist was so amazing and moving. I love it and wish to see it again. It was wonderful!

  29. Uriah B. says:

    Absolutely brilliant, very gutsy adaptation, loved it. The interviews were OK.

  30. Christine says:

    I was simply enthralled with every single moment of this production. I hit every high and low emotion over 2 hours and woke up this morning thinking about it. Thank you everyone especially Chris…would he have been part of it if American Idol never came to our TV screens?

  31. Zack says:

    It played like Hero the rock opera concept wise. It was still good!

  32. Gienie rojas says:

    Thank you Tyler Perry for producing. thisThis modern day. last day.of the life of Jesus. I thought the people carrying the cross beautiful. ,and how wonderful to participate in carrying that. I hope we see it back. next year. I had the privilege of. watching it in the Netherlands ..it’s playing there for the 5-year this coming Thursday

    • prada says:

      Typer Perry wasn’t the producer of the show, he was the host and narrator of the show, nothing more.

    • CarolL says:

      Media articles have erroneously stated it was from Tyler Perry, but it was based on a Dutch production created by Jacco Doornbos, who was in turn inspired by traditional European Passion Plays. Adam Anders, formerly of Glee, brought the idea to the US, and served as executive producer and music director for The Passion. Anders and Doornbos are the ones who developed this production for television.

  33. Rosemarie Jones says:

    I felt The Passion Live was fantastic! As a cradle Catholic, 55 years old, this was a very relatable telling of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, especially for our youth. It was quite moving with the fabulous music and performances. It took me back to Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar as a teenager.

  34. Jane Sanders says:

    I throughly enjoyed the show. If you can’t get the people to Jesus, take Jesus to the people. I’m a huge fan of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other then the man on the street interviews, I loved it.

  35. jack says:

    I don’t see where Christians would like a program that belittled Jesus. Horrible.

    Are ‘evangelicals’ the ones who like this? If so, the definition of evangelical no longer means Gospel.

    • truthinlove712 says:

      I haven’t seen it yet (I recorded it and will probably watch tomorrow). Can you explain more of what you mean?

      • jack says:

        Distortion of the Gospel. Singing love songs and passing them off as Christian hymns. Confusing story — not knowing that the feeding of the 5000 is different than the Lord’s Supper. Belittling the Lord’s Supper — which is Christ’s Body and Blood.

        • coneyro says:

          It may not have been 100% biblically accurate for the most religious, but guess what, who cares? The main idea was there, the rendering in song was powerful and emotional, and it was told with love.
          Stop being so critical.

          • Mimi Vega says:

            I completely agree. A positive message, can be spread in many ways, and that’s a good thing. It was meant to connect with a wide audience, and many young people in my family, enjoyed it very much.

          • Annie says:

            Amen

          • jack says:

            Who cares? Christians should care that the Gospel is not distorted or changed to meet some agenda.

            The music was crappy praise band music lacking in meaning.

            Stop being so critical? Would you die for your faith?

          • Steven says:

            Well Jack. It is certainly apparent from your comments to Coneyro and others on this page that you might be willing to kill for your faith. If I was not a Christian you sure would not make me want to be one. So I have a question for you. When you scrolled down to the comments and saw how many and much people were moved by this (like how much I was moved)…how did it make you feel?

        • truthinlove712 says:

          Thanks for replying so respectfully. I can see that; the particulars are important and sacred to you so that could be seen as a distortion.

          Again, I haven’t seen it yet. But, I wonder if the modernizing and using secular music could be an open door to people who otherwise wouldn’t explore it further and get to know the details as well as you? It reminds me of a cartoon I remember seeing as a kid on Anamaniacs of Runt (a dog; Runt ValRunt in the short) and Rita (a cat) that I later learned was a play on LeMiserables. When I came to appreciate the real LeMis I saw how I had been led there by a silly and updated retelling.

          There is so much division right now. I wonder if both sides can be right? You can hold up expectations, and point out when something falls short, But, people can also be moved to a good place by something that’s not perfect.

          • jack says:

            You mean that you’d like people to be Chritian-lite? Not important to believe that Christ died for sins and is the only way to salvation.

            No reason to attend church regularly to hear God’s word and receive the Sacraments.

            You mean that type of Christian is better than not being a Christian at all?

          • truthinlove712 says:

            I don’t think I said any of those things. I don’t believe that, so it certainly wasn’t what I was meaning. I’m asking if “Christian -lite” as you put it can be used as a starting place to bring people into more full understanding?
            It’s not a substitute, and shouldn’t be for those more…would mature in their faith be a fair way to put it? But, it can bring people to ask questions; to learn more and to begin to find their way to more mature faith. It’s a possible starting place, not a substitute or destination.

        • Roger says:

          So…is it safe to say that you did not care for Jesus Christ Superstar? I recall as a teen my Dad being so opposed to the “distortion”. Yet I was able to have a meaningful conversation with him and felt that it brought me closer to my faith because I could relate to Jesus as a man. Anything that helps to spread our faith in a positive way is good. We are not beheading those nonbelievers.

    • Bev says:

      Jack, they did miss it on the loaves and fishes. Yes would have been better to be accurate, but please let’s give credit where it’s due. They hit so many great marks. What I’m most happy about is hopefully people saw Christians in a different light, because let’s face it, many non-Christians believe that we’re hippocrites, judgemental and we don’t show the love we “preach” about. And I have to admit they are generally correct. That’s why I enjoyed The Passion so much – regardless of some of the flaws. It told the story of Jesus during the days before the crucifixion albeit compressed. My hope is that there are people out there whose hunger is so great (and they don’t know why), that they will get that feeling in their heart that we all recognize as God’s imprint, after they watch the story. Perhaps they’ll think about attending a service and do it. That would be awesome. God works in mysterious ways. Thanks to everyone involved and thanks to Fox (never thought I would say that) for airing the show.

      • jack says:

        Bev … the message of the Gospel is so simple and beautiful that you don’t need to sugar coat it with popular secular music or appearances by famous people.

        Tell the story, don’t embellish it with lies and mistruths.

  36. michele richards says:

    We need this RIGHT NOW..its revalant for this world now. Music awesome as its becoming more modern

  37. Annie says:

    Great show! I bawled through the whole thing. I wish someone would have sponsored it better so it didn’t have to have commercials though…
    Also… Keep in mind a lot of people had to tape it and watch it later. I’ll watch it a couple more times. TV ratings don’t tell the whole story.

  38. Roger says:

    I find it “interesting” that the “official” reviews are mostly negative and yet most comments are very positive. Overall, I am with the positive folks. It is a new way to tell the story that certainly changed the world!
    Great job FOX, just wish I could have been there to see the live show. Hope you find another city next year and this becomes an annual event.

  39. To be honest, I forgot about the show until I received my Entertainment Weekly on Friday. They did not promote it like they did Grease! or any of the other shows. That being said I did record it , as we watch OUAT as a family on Sundays and will be looking forward to seeing it in the next day or two.

  40. Donna Murphy says:

    I was totally amazed at this production and all the cast members. I was Moved to tears! I am so glad I also recorded it so I can watch again. The scene with Jesus and Judas, where Judas was struggling with his actions of betrayal were gut wrenching. The only part that seemed out of place was the “reporter” on the street interviewing people escorting the cross…just gave it the feeling of a award show. Overall this was the highlight of television history bringing a total diversity of people to see Jesus’ crucifixion for all our sins, past, present & future..Amen

  41. Deborah MacLaren-Cooper says:

    I chose to watch Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ last night. I will say that I am moved by the comments of those who enjoyed Fox’s production and proclaim themselves as non-believers or someone who has stepped away from their church. Let this be a time for you to consider coming “home” again. If its the hypocrisy of religion that turns you off, focus on building a relationship with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful then that.

  42. Bob says:

    It was great.
    But what happened to Michael W. Smith?
    I was waiting for him to sing.
    He is a great contemporary Christian song writer and singer!

  43. Eve says:

    I notice 2 things that were not in the Bible.First Peter denied Jesus 3 times not 2 times. Also it seemed like he fed the disciples at the last Supper 5 loaves and 2 fish. When he fed the multitude the 5 loaves and 2 fish. He did feed the disciples in the Last Supper Bread and wine.
    I know this was just a show, but I was looking for it to be exactly like the Bible

    • jack says:

      Sad to say Roger that is the Bible for a lot of people. What they see as important is their feelings, nothing else.

      They follow the big projection screen and sing the same 15 songs every week. They hear a feel good sermon that God wants them to be happy and prosperous. They hear nothing about the Law and Gospel.

  44. Roger Alms says:

    You could compare this show to a production of the American Revolution with Miley Cirus playing George Washington crossing the Delaware while singing “Wrecking Ball”.

  45. 3Cat says:

    With “Grease” and now “The Passion”, Fox has taken live television to a spectacular new level. “The Passion” took more risks than “Grease”, and some were more successful than others. But, overall, it was a great show and a major step forward in the evolution of live TV productions.

  46. David Pipes says:

    Thanks for the Passion event on Fox…a very powerful Palm Sunday in a contemporary setting. I checked in with some students that watched it and they were pleased to have seen the event

  47. Monique says:

    Even knowing that it was not all “live” that was amazing, touching, I would watch it again, the performances were mind blowing, Daughtry and Canela’s duet demons, killed it, think the cast did a wonderful job portraying this as modern day and Tyler Perry who had the one of the hardest jobs of the night, did great, ….it was such a heartfelt performance from everyone involved and u could see the emotion in everyone, So glad this was done!

  48. James Lesefka says:

    It was FANTASTIC!!!!!! Do it every year. Am ready for Easter.
    Thanks for this Blessing

  49. Delaina says:

    I had such high hopes for this and anxiously awaited the broadcast. I was immediately disappointed when it was obvious the first half was pre-recorded. The procession of the cross and interviews of those participating was great. Brought me to tears a couple of times. But honestly…it was too much Tyler Perry talking and not enough of Jesus and the Disciples. More could have been acted out instead of TP talking. And I was really hoping to see, somehow, the Disciples discovering the tomb being open. Chris Daughtry was amazing in Bring Me to Life. And Trisha Yearwood did a great job as well. The other thing that could have been cut in favor of more scenes would be the end – When the Saints Come Marching In. Yes, it’s New Orleans but that seemed very disconnected from the rest of the show.

    • coneyro says:

      Tyler Perry’s narration was very helpful for those, such as myself, who are not totally familiar with the story. And, yes, Daughtry was amazing.
      All, in all, I wouldn’t have changed a thing, IMO.

      • Monique says:

        I agree, my husband wasn’t raised in the church, while I was, and the narration by Tyler perry was spot on, it helped those who were new to the story understand, while at the same time giving those of who have been raised on this story a little different vision to the story, I also thought the way he told the crucifixion that he spoke vividly, I don’t believe many understand the agony that crufixtions gave, but that discription, saddening,that someone has to endure such a thing, But mainly weither u are a devote person of faith, or new to the history and story, I think this was one of the best to intice all degrees of faith, old – young, – black – white, this appealed to all through music and great story telling
        Hats off!!!

        • jack says:

          Monique … have you ever read the Bible? If you had read the Bible you would have heard the description of a crucifixion. Please don’t rely on TV to teach you the Bible.

          I find it hard to believe that you’ve never shared your faith …. or former faith .. with your husband.

          • Kristin Wegel says:

            You know Jack, for a man of such deep faith, I feel a bit like you focus on the details, but don’t quite get the “big picture”. I will never forget my fifth grade teacher explaining that the most important commandment is to love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself. As a Christian, it is a fabulous thing that this show got so many people excited about their faith. The music was of course not gospel music, but, as it is current music, written in modern language, I was able to connect with Jesus, Mary, St. Peter, and even Judas in a way I never had before. The accuracy of the Bible may not be perfect, but Jencarlos Canela did spread Jesus’ word of love and helped to make millions to look at their relationship with God.

          • Monique says:

            Jack I have read the bible many times thank you, and my faith is strong thank you, I share my faith with my husband everyday in the way I live my life, thank you, As we all know tho, there are degrees of faith, my husband wasn’t raised reading the bible, going to church, going thru the sacraments, as I was raised, but we both believe, We may not go to church every weekend, but church can be anywhere u feel the lord, u pray to the lord, but we believe, don’t assume to know what ur talking about when it comes to my life. And don’t judge me without knowing me, everyone takes the understanding that they want feel and need out of every experience and this was no different, I never said depend on the description that was given, I never said write his words in stone, no I said that it was a nicely done. A nice modern theme with the story preserved, that helps bring ppl into the light, to start asking the questions, What I was saying Jack, is that for some who have never read the story of the passion. Or is new to the love, and hope, of our lord and our faith, this was well done! with the world the way it is now, we need specials and shows like this open up the hearts and minds of ppl who are not as strong in their faith, or ppl who have lost their way help to bridge that gap. Opens their hearts, at the same time possibly educating those of different faiths, maybe there wouldn’t be so much ignorance, in this world

  50. Rhonda says:

    Very moving and told the story with depth & openness for All. Loved it !