If lyrics [to songs of hers, I love] like:
“Say what you wanna say and let the words fall out: Honestly I wanna see you be brave.”
“I’m not gonna write you a love song-cause you asked for it…’cause you need one…you see. I’m not gonna write you a love song ‘cause you tell me it’s make or break in this or you’re on your way. I’m not gonna write you…to stay. If all you have is leaving I’m gon’ need a better reason to write you…a love song…today…”
“Who cares if you disagree? You are not me. Who made you King of anything?”
…then pop superstar Sara Bareilles crooned herself into [a] King of King, Lord of Lord’s self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts-in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world renown, 1971 stage play: “Jesus Christ Superstar”-airing this April 1st, Easter Sunday 2018 on NBC.
Directed by David Leveaux and executive produced by Webber, Tim Rice, Neil Meron, Craig Zadan and Marc Platt, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” rock opera co-stars Bareilles, rock legend Alice Cooper, and pop superstar John Legend (as Jesus Christ).
Told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, the live musical is set during the final week of Jesus’ life as Judas grows more concerned with Jesus’ following possibly causing him to become arrogant and losing sight of his spiritual principles. Judas then turns on Jesus and from there, the strife and show begins.
Originally conceived as a concept album that rose to number 1 on the Billboard charts, Jesus Christ Superstar made its way to the stage-earning 5 Tony Award nom and yielding Andrew Lloyd Webber a Drama Desk Award
Bareilles has been on Broadway starring in Waitress”-taking her pop star hits with her with stage plays centered around her music.
Fans of rock legend Alice Cooper and pop singer John Legend are sure to be in for quite the surprise
The last time our friends at NBC aired a live musical was “The Wiz”-which re-aired a short time after the live airing.
NBC is the first local network having toyed with the creative idea to bring live/Broadway musicals to prime time. Look forward to more!
John Legend – Jesus
Sara Bareilles – Mary Magdalene
Brandon Victor Dixon – Judas
Alice Cooper – King Herod
Ben Daniels – Pontius Pilate
Norm Lewis – Caiaphas
Jason Tam – Peter
Jin Ha – Annas
Erik Gronwall – Simon Zealotes.
Joel Perez, Lauren Zakrin, Felicia Boswell, Melody Betts, Abby Corrigan, Micaela Diamond, Rory Donovan, Christine Dwyer, Mike Evariste, F. Michael Haynie, Charissa Hogeland, Bre Jackson, Mykal Kilgore, Billy Lewis Jr., Justin Gregory Lopez, Angel Lozada, Vince Oddo , Kyle Taylor Parker, Jonah Platt, Conor Ryan, Christina Sajous, Justin Matthew Sargent, Heath Saunders, Joey Taranto, and Syndee Winters.
Chloe Davis, Timothy Edwards, Shelby Finnie, Bahiyah Hibah, Juel D. Lane, Terk Lewis, Mayte Natalio, Sarah Parker, Tre Smith, and Maleek Washington.
Overture – Ensemble
“Heaven on Their Minds” – Judas
“What’s the Buzz/Strange Thing, Mystifying” – Jesus, Mary, Judas, Disciples
“Everything’s Alright” – Mary, Judas, Jesus, Disciples
“This Jesus Must Die” – Caiaphas, Annas, Priests, Disciples
“Hosanna” – Caiaphas, Jesus, Disciples
“Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem” – Simon, Jesus, Disciples, Roman Guards
“Pilate’s Dream” – Pilate
“The Temple” – Jesus, Profiteers
“Everything’s Alright” (reprise) – Mary, Jesus
“I Don’t Know How to Love Him” – Mary
“Damned for All Time/Blood Money” – Judas, Caiaphas, Annas, Priests, The Mob
“The Last Supper” – Jesus, Judas and Apostles
“Gethsemane” – Jesus
“The Arrest” – Jesus, Judas, Peter, Apostles, Caiaphas, Annas, The Mob, Roman Guards
“Peter’s Denial” – Peter, Mary, Apostles, The Mob
“Pilate and Christ” – Pilate, Jesus, Annas, Mary, Apostles, Roman Guards, The Mob
“King Herod’s Song” – Herod and his Court
“Could We Start Again Please?” – Mary, Peter, Simon, Disciples, Roman Guards
“Judas’ Death” – Judas, Caiaphas, Annas, The Mob
“Trial By Pilate” – Pilate, Caiaphas, Annas, Jesus, The Mob
“Superstar” – Judas, Soul Girls, Angels, Paparazzi
“Crucifixion” – Jesus, Disciples
“John 19:41″ – Jesus, Disciples