Source: John Legend
The Today show announced John Legend will play Jesus in NBC’s remake of the hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live!.
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) December 19, 2017
Legend will be joining rocker Alice Cooper, who will play King Herod in the production set to air Easter Sunday on NBC.
Just woke up to Andrew LLoyd Webber tweeting about me. It’s a good day. https://t.co/QfIivg1N8k
— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 19, 2017
The musical’s original writer and composer duo Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will executive produce the event. Jesus Christ Superstar first came to Broadway in 1971 and chronicles the final week of Jesus’ life. The musical produced hit songs such as I Don’t Know How To Love Him and Jesus Christ Superstar.
“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,” Chairman of NBC, Robert Greenblatt, revealed earlier this year.