A formal announcement has been made. NBC has officially revealed that Tony and Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles will play Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
Bareilles has been cast opposite John Legend, who is playing the main role. The concert will telecast live on April 1, 2018, for Easter.
Sara Bareilles to Star Alongside John Legend in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
The concert version of Superstar will star rock legend Alice Cooper as King Herod and was executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and Alex Rudzinski.
David Leveaux, a British theatre director, will lead the production when it is performed at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in front of a live audience.
Sara Bareilles Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’
The Waitress actress and music composer will be performing in the upcoming Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! production on the network.
As Mary Magdalene, Bareilles will star with John Legend in a production that will be broadcast live on Easter Sunday, April 1, from Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius, and Alex Rudzinski will serve as executive producers for Jesus Christ Superstar Live.
On top of executive producing, John Legend will also play the role of Jesus Christ in the film, with rock legend Alice Cooper playing the role of King Herod. With David Leveaux at the helm, expect an exciting film.
Bareilles, who has been nominated for six Grammys, composed the score and lyrics for Waitress.
Thanks to her work, she was nominated for a Grammy and given a Tony for outstanding original score in a musical.
John Legend, along with the other cast members of the upcoming live-action, one-night-only broadcast event Jesus Christ Superstar in Concert, is currently preparing for their roles.
Sara Bareilles plays Mary Magdalene, Alice Cooper is King Herod, and Brandon Victor Dixon is Judas.
The first promotional video for NBC’s new production of the rock opera classic by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice sees the actors performing in character.
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