May 10, 2017


'Jesus Christ Superstar' Is NBC's Next Live Musical

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Jesus Christ Superstar is the latest musical heading to NBC for a live adaptation, Variety reports. The classic rock opera, created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, first made its Broadway debut in 1971.

They will return to executive produce, as well as provide the music and lyrics, to NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will also serve as executive producers. As of now, there hasn't been announcements of which actors will play Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, Pontius Pilate or any of the other religious figures.

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt shared in a statement: 

“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. 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.”

Sticking to the biblical theme, the musical will premiere on—surprise, surprise—next Easter Sunday (or April 1, 2018). Jesus Christ Superstar Live! follows the success of NBC's adaptations of Sound of Music Live, Peter Pan Live, The Wiz Live and Hairspray Live. The network will also air Bye Bye Birdie Live this December, which will star Jennifer Lopez as Rosie (she's producing it as well).

But before the fun begins, relive a classic musical moment from the 1973 Jesus Christ Superstar movie below: