Famous musician, John Legend is expected to play Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live Concert! in the Easter Sunday production of the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice play. Alice Cooper will be playing King Herod. The play will be directed by British director, David Leveaux. Up to this point, Legend has released five albums, his most famous so far being Get Lifted! He has also appeared on Soul Men, Underground, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has also worked with Plat on La La Land.
Aside from Jesus Christ Superstar, NBC has also done The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz as live musicals. The original Broadway version of Jesus Christ Superstar with Jeff Fenholt as Jesus began in 1971, ran until mid-1973 and saw over 700 performances. The show airs on television on Easter Sunday, which is April 1st.
Legend has stated that he’s overjoyed to be a part of the cast. He has also stated that with him in the production that he’s sure that the story will be done more justice. From what Robert Greenblat, Chair of NBC Entertainment has stated, the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar demands an actor with a wide vocal range, which Legend does have a talent for. Another reason that Legend’s casting is ground-breaking is that it will also break the traditional image of Jesus as a man with light skin and light brown long hair.
It’s not known what the real Jesus actually looked like since people didn’t leave much in the way of portraits back in that time. However, some scholars believe that it’s likely that Jesus had olive skin and very dark hair. As devout Christians like to reinforce, however, it’s not Jesus’ physical image that matters in the end but rather what he did for humanity that does.
Most people of a certain age probably remember Jesus Christ Superstar that was a rock opera performed on Broadway back in the 1970s. The rock opera spawned a succession of hits, an album, and a film. The rock based opera was more of an interpretation of Jesus’s life. Fast forward a few decades and Jesus Christ Superstar Returns with a live concert on NBC. This is exciting news for fans of the rock opera. It is also surprising and exciting news for fans of John Legend. The surprising news is that John Legend is in the title role of the musical. The exciting news is that the accomplished singer is going to demonstrate his acting chops to the world.
The Legend Begins
John Legend had plenty to share about his taking over the title role of the iconic rock opera. He relates about the story having a very special meaning for him. Certainly, the rock opera has a very strong meaning for thousands of fans across the country and the world too. Legend states that the cast is filled with very talented people and he is very excited about working with them and the entire project. It is interesting to note that this is a Live Performance and it is going to air on television April 1.
An Amazing Talent
Certainly, John Legend is an amazing talent. The talented singer won numerous awards over the last few decades. In fact, he is a ten time Grammy winner too. Now, the talented singer and songwriter is stretching his wings a bit and entering the acting world. John Legend feels humbled by being selected to play the title role. It should also be noted that selecting John Legend to play the title role is a bit of a legend in the making too. Selecting him goes against the usual type casting of this powerful role in the rock opera. Other notables in the casting include Alice Cooper playing the role of King Herod.