NBC’s upcoming live production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” just added another big name to its cast.
On Jan. 6, Playbill reported that singer-songwriter and Broadway star Sara Bareilles will play Mary Magdalene in the hotly anticipated musical special. In late Dec., it was revealed that R&B superstar John Legend will be playing Jesus Christ in the TV adaptation of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The pair will be joined by iconic shock rocker Alice Cooper, who will be playing the role of King Herod.
While best known for pinning inescapable 2000s pop hits like “Love Song” and “Gravity,” Bareilles has been making a name for herself in the musical theater world in recent years. In 2015, she wrote the music and lyrics for the Broadway adaptation of the 2007 dramedy “Waitress.” For her efforts, Bareilles received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Original Score. The “King of Anything” hitmaker will also star in the winter production of “Waitress” at Manhattan’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre from Jan. 16-Feb. 25.
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” airs on NBC April 1.