Hosanna, hey sanna sanna sanna ho: NBC will ring in Easter 2018 with Jesus Christ Superstar Live!.
The network will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Time Rice 1971 rock opera on Easter Sunday, April 1.
“As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. He added that casting — which will focus heavily on recording artists — had just begun.
The Tony-nominated Broadway musical follows the final days of Jesus Christ and features songs including “Everything’s All Right” and “What’s the Buzz.” In 1971, it was made into a feature-length film starring Ted Neeley as Jesus.
Jesus Christ Superstar will follow Bye Bye Birdie Live!, starring Jennifer Lopez, which will air during the 2017 holiday season.
Webber, Rice and Marc Platt (Broadway’s Wicked) will executive-produce the event alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind NBC’s live adaptations of The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray.
In 2016, Fox’s The Passion tackled the same topic in a sorta-live, contemporary retelling of Jesus’ last days that starred Trisha Yearwood, Chris Daughtry and Seal and aired on Palm Sunday.
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