NBC will continue its annual tradition of bringing musical stories to life, live on television, with their upcoming production of the famous Broadway musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The live show, is scheduled to air on the cable television channel on Easter Sunday, April 1, and will also feature performances by pop recording artists John Legend, Sara Bareilles and classic rock antihero Alice Cooper.
The trailer for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!” premiered during the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, and can be watched in the short promo clip below. There isn’t any footage of the production or any of the actors, since the one-night event hasn’t taken place yet, but it is the first promotional clip aired this far in hopes of getting pop and showtunes fans excited for what should be another interesting take on televised musicals.
Since 2013, NBC has reworked some of Broadway’s most popular productions into a television format in a live setting, allowing for plenty of pressure and opportunities for the actors that bring the characters to life. A list of network’s live productions since 2013 includes “The Sound of Music Live,” “Peter Pan Live,” “The Wiz Live,” and “Hairspray.”
Legend, who won a Tony Award last year for his production work on the Broadway play “Jitney” will play the role of Jesus, while Bareilles will portray Mary Magdalene and Alice Cooper set to co-star as King Herod. The reviews of NBC’s live musical productions of the years have fluctuated, but with a talented cast like this year’s, it should be worth checking out until intermission at least.
Fans in southeast Pennsylvania will get the chance to see Midnight Productions and Your Community’s Premier Theater Company’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” during its four-show residency at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa. this spring from March 29-31. Tickets for the production are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.