Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert will be headlined by John Legend as Jesus Christ, with the production airing live April 1 at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sara Bareilles will co-star as Mary Magdalene and rocker Alice Cooper will be featured as King Herod.
“What an incredible honor to be cast as Jesus but also to be a part of this production,” said Legend who grew up in a Christian family and sang selections from the musical as a youth in show choir. “It’s such a classic musical. It’s such a classic set of songs and such an important story to tell. For me to get to play Jesus Christ is pretty incredible.”
Based on the final week of Jesus Christ’s life, the musical debuted in 1975 and was nominated for five Tonys. Click on the media bar to hear Legend explain why he’s a pretty solid fit for Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert:
Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert airs April 1 on NBC (8 pm et)