At the end of last year, NBC announced that John Legend will play Jesus Christ in their remake of the 1971 rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. As you might imagine, this is going to bring an incredible new vision of the part JC.
Yesterday (January 6), NBC announced their next big get. Tony Award winner Sara Bareilles is set to take on the role of Mary Magdalene opposite of Legend. Alice Cooper is slated to play King Herod, with David Leveaux directing.
The event is scheduled for Easter Sunday ( April 1) at Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. It will air live on NBC and is executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Alex Rudzinski.
Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment spoke about the new addition:
“We’re overjoyed to have Sara Bareilles play Mary Magdalene and I can guarantee that her interpretation of the standard ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ will become an instant classic. I was lucky enough to see Sara in Waitress and she gave as moving and as beautifully sung a performance as I’ve seen on a Broadway stage in a long time.”
Bareilles chimed in:
“To say I’m excited about this performance is the understatement of the century. This score and this musical have been a part of my life from a very young age and it will be one of the great thrills of my life to sing these iconic songs. It’s incredible to see the beloved medium of musical theatre being embraced by television audiences, and this cast and creative team is extraordinary. I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the project!”