Legend will star in the title role in the upcoming TV presentation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical.
NBC has revealed a new promo for its Easter Sunday broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which airs from Brooklyn April 1 at 8 PM ET.
Oscar and Grammy winner John Legend will star as Jesus with Waitress’ Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jason Tam as Peter, Jin Ha as Annas, and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.
In the video above, Legend gives Superstar fans a sneak peek of his version of “Gethsemane” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice score.
The David Leveaux-helmed concert will be staged in front of an audience at Williamsburg's Marcy Armory. Alex Rudzinski, who earned an Emmy for his work on Fox's Grease and an additional nod for NBC's Hairspray, returns to the live musical format as television director.
Lloyd Webber and Rice executive produce the live event along with Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and television director Alex Rudzinski.
Jesus Christ Superstar premiered on Broadway in 1971 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Original Score for Lloyd Webber and Rice. The show was subsequently revived in 1977, 2000, and 2012.
Look Back at the Original Broadway Production of Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway