NBC has released the first video for "Jesus Christ Superstar Live." The live musical production featuring some massive names in music was promoted during the network's coverage of theGolden Globe Awards on Sunday, and you can watch the promo spot now by playing the video above.
"Jesus Christ Superstar Live" is a TV production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical that NBC is staging live, with several stars from pop and rock music leading the cast. Grammy Award winner John Legend will portray Jesus Christ, with Grammy and Tony Award nominee Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene and rock legend Alice Cooper playing King Herod. Legend, Bareilles and Cooper are not seen in the 20-second advertisement, which reveals to viewers that the "concert event" will air on Easter Sunday, April 1.
It's the most ambitious musical that NBC has ever produced. The network has had success with past live shows, ranging from Carrie Underwood in "The Sound of Music Live" to Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson appearing in "Hairspray Live." But "Jesus Christ Superstar" has been one of the most iconic musicals since its debut in 1970, with the original Broadway production being nominated for five Tony Awards. Several revivals have happened in the last 48 years, including a critically acclaimed revival in 2016 that won an Olivier Award. So there's a very high bar set for NBC's edition of "Superstar," especially when it includes names as big as John Legend, Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper.
And with Sunday's teaser, the countdown is officially on to see them not only bringing this epic musical to television, but doing it live and also performing it on Easter Sunday. This could be the musical event of the spring.
Music fans don't have to wait until March to see Alice Cooper live, however. Before he takes on the role of King Herod, Cooper is embarking on his own concert tour this spring. Tickets to select shows are on sale now through AXS, using the links below:
March 06 - Boston, MA - Boch Center (Click here for tickets)
March 18 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre (Click here for tickets)
March 21 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Click here for tickets)
"Jesus Christ Superstar Live" airs April 1 on NBC. For more on any of the cast members, click their names above to visit their artist pages at AXS.