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John Legend Cast as Jesus in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’

John Legend Cast as Jesus in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’
John Legend has landed the role of lifetime.

The 38-year-old R&B singer has signed on to play Jesus Christ in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert special, which is to air on Easter Sunday.

“I’m thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” Legend said in a statement. “It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.”

The musical, which will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is about the last few weeks of Christ's life. The production first hit Broadway in 1971 and was nominated for five Tony Awards. Two years later, the movie adaptation was released and was nominated for an Oscar.

“We’re all overjoyed
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John Legend To Play Jesus In NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!’

Musician John Legend is to play Jesus in NBC's forthcoming live musical remake of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! He will face up against Alice Cooper as King Herod in the Easter Sunday production, which will be helmed by esteemed British theatre director David Leveaux. Legend, who has released five studio albums including Get Lifted, joins the NBC special, which is executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice
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John Legend Starring in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! on NBC

John Legend Starring in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! on NBC
John Legend is NBC's Jesus Christ. The Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner will star in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, airing Easter Sunday, April 1. The live musical production will air from the Marcy Armory in Brooklyn, New York. "I'm thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!," Legend said in a statement. "It's such a powerful, meaningful musical and I'm humbled to be part of this performance. We've already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I'm certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice." Alice Cooper was previously cast as King Herod. "We're...
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Ratings: Fox's Christmas Story Live Trails All Live Musicals Before It

Ratings: Fox's Christmas Story Live Trails All Live Musicals Before It
The ratings for Fox’s A Christmas Story Live were more “lump of coal” than Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

Opening opposite the tail end of one of the biggest NFL games of the fall over on CBS, the three-hour broadcast averaged 4.5 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating, thereby placing last among all live TV musicals of the past four years — starting with NBC’s The Sound of Music Live (still the reigning champ with 18.6 mil/4.6) and including Fox’s own The Passion (which in March 2016 did 6.6 mil and a 1.6).

Next up: NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar
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Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar

Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar
Alice Cooper, who was born Vincent Damon Furnier in 1948, is best known as being an American actor, songwriter and singer, who has a career that spans more than five decades. His distinctive raspy voice and high-drama stage show featuring dueling swords, deadly snakes, electric chairs and more have earned him the name and reputation of being “The Godfather of Shock Rock.” Now, he is taking on a somewhat different role. Many believe his many years of onstage theatrics are going to help his performance be superior while appearing in the live theatrical production on NBC of “Jesus Christ Superstar!”

Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar
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James Franco Hosts SNL: The Least Bad Bits From an Abysmal Night — Watch

James Franco Hosts SNL: The Least Bad Bits From an Abysmal Night — Watch
Despite being overstuffed with Christmas sketches, there were few gifts to be found during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live.

James Franco returned to Studio 8H to promote The Disaster Artist, a movie based on The Room, one of the dumbest films ever made. Ironic, since so much of his latest hosting stint consisted of aggressively dumb material.

The evening got off to a rough start with the cold open, which featured a parade of kids struggling with cue cards and asking Kenan Thompson’s Mall Santa about Sen. Al Franken, Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore and ousted Today show host Matt Lauer.
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‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live!’: Alice Cooper To Play King Herod; David Leveaux Directs

As the polarizing King Herod might have said 2,000 years ago: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Or, perhaps, welcome to my nightmare. NBC said today that Alice Cooper — yes, that Alice Cooper — will play the ruler of Judea in its Easter Sunday production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Also, British theater director David Leveaux will helm the show. He’s a five-time Tony nominee who has directed such U.K. and Broadway production as the 2003 revival of Nine and 2008’s Cyrano de Berger…
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Jesus Christ Superstar: Alice Cooper Cast in NBC's Live Easter Production

Jesus Christ Superstar: Alice Cooper Cast in NBC's Live Easter Production
Rock and roll legend Alice Cooper has been cast in Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, NBC’s forthcoming adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera set to air on Sunday, April 1 aka Easter.

The Hall of Fame singer-songwriter, known for such hits as “School’s Out” and “Billion Dollar Babies,” will take on the role of the flamboyant King Herod, the Peacock network announced on Friday. Also joining the production is five-time Tony Award nominated director David Leveaux.

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Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend,
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Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in NBC's 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!'

Rock ’n’ roll icon Alice Cooper has been cast as the flamboyant King Herod in NBC’s staged rock concert of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Also joining the special, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, is British theatre director David Leveaux, a five-time Tony Award nominee.

Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod, and we all look forward to the...
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We’re Not Worthy! Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ as King Herod

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We’re Not Worthy! Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ as King Herod
In April, you can stay and hang around with y’us — with Alice Cooper. The rock ‘n’ roll legend and “Wayne’s World” alum is joining NBC’s Easter Sunday production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” He’ll play the flamboyant King Herod in the rock opera about the final week of the Son of God’s life. Also signing on for the live TV musical is director David Leveaux, who is a five-time Tony Award nominee. “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt,
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Robert Cuccioli, Ciara Renee and More to Support Long Island High School for the Arts in Concert

Come see Broadway stars Ken Ard Smokey Joe's Caf Jelly's Last Jam Dangerous Games Song and Dance Starlight Express Cats The Little Prince and the Aviator Marlowe Steven 'HeaveN' Cantor In Transit Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Robert Cuccioli Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Les Miserables Jekyll and Hyde Joshua Dela Cruz Aladdin Lana Gordon Chicago The Lion King Jesus Christ Superstar Taylor Iman Jones Groundhog Day Crystal Kellogg Finding Neverland School of Rock-The Musical, Tari Kelly Groundhog Day Something Rotten Stanley Wayne Mathis Nice Work If You Can Get It The Book of Mormon Wonderful Town Kiss Me Kate You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Lion King Jelly's Last Jam Oh. Kay Jon Peterson Cabaret Wayne Pretlow The Civil War Ciara Renee Pippin Big Fish Anthony Rosenthal Falsettos Drama Desk Award nominee Nora Schell Spamilton Ayla Schwartz Frozen and Sarah Jane Shanks Cats Bright Star Promises,
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Photo Flash: Remembering Barry Dennen

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, actor Barry Dennen, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in both the original Broadway and film versions of Jesus Christ Superstar, passed away this morning in Burbank, CA where he was in hospice care. According to close friend Lucy Chase Williams, the actor had suffered a brain injury after a fall at home in June. He was 79.
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Barry Dennen Dies: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s Pilate And Barbra Streisand Mentor Was 79

Barry Dennen Dies: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s Pilate And Barbra Streisand Mentor Was 79
Barry Dennen, who played Pontius Pilate in the original stage and film versions of Jesus Christ Superstar and earlier played a key role in Barbra Streisand’s emergence from cabaret unknown to superstar diva, died Tuesday morning in Burbank, where he was in hospice care. He was 79. Dennen had suffered a brain injury after a fall at home in June, according to Lucy Chase Williams, a close friend who confirmed the death to Deadline. An actor, singer and voice artist, Dennen’s…
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Barry Dennen, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor and Barbra Streisand Ex, Dies at 79

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Barry Dennen, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor and Barbra Streisand Ex, Dies at 79
Barry Dennen, member of the original cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died Tuesday at age 79, his reps told TheWrap. The actor died in hospice care in Burbank after suffering a brain injury from a fall in June. Dennen played Pontius Pilate, the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death, on the original recording and in the 1973 film. Prior to that, Dennen had a brief relationship with Barbra Streisand in the early 1960s, when he helped her develop the nightclub act that kickstarted her career. Dennen wrote about his time with Streisand in a 1997 book called “My Life...
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