NBC Announces ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ As Their Next Live Musical
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Live Musical
NBC has announced their next live musical event will be “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
The live production of the Broadway musical will premiere on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
“As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC,” NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt said Wednesday in a statement. “Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score.”
Jesus Christ Superstar was originally conceived as a concept album that hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and eventually made its way to the stage in 1971. It is based on the final week of Jesus’ life, and features other historical figures in prominent roles including Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene, Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, Annas, Peter, Simon Zealotes and King Herod.
The musical has since been revived multiple times, most recently in 2012, and also produced a film in 1973.
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