When Judas returned from the dead in silver, spangled clothes and led the entire ensemble in a big dance number, it was odd but somehow also cathartically fun. The same goes for Legend's costars Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene , Alice Cooper as King Herod , and Tony-winning Broadway star Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas Iscariot. Share Clad in a sleeveless bright yellow dress, she is also seen kneeling on the floor as Jesus lays inert in her lap - a switch-up of the traditional Pietà, in which the Magdalene's place is occupied by Christ's mother Mary. The following month, it was announced that would play Mary Magdalene. The production, which was staged at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was aided greatly by a set of well-rehearsed musicians, whose efforts occasionally overshadowed the singers. Another major recording artist, Sara Bareilles has proven her live performance chops in concert, as well as starring in her Broadway musical Waitress.
More: Can the 'Roseanne' reboot work, despite political plotline? Sara Bareilles was as pure a presence as one could hope for in the role of Mary Magdalene. He left the East Coast the night of the Oscars and came back one week before Easter. But subsequent offerings have seen diminishing returns, with rival Fox's A Christmas Story Live! Norm Lewis was the perfect depth of evil, as was Jin Ha and the other priests. Today, he's running through The Last Supper, a fiery duet with Judas Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon , and Jesus' emotional power ballad Gethsemane, which he opts to murmur rather than belt in between sips of leafy green juices and tea. A mano-a-mano confrontation between Jesus and Judas was also shown, with the former gesturing widely as the latter leaned back in apparent disdain. The story continues below the video. It also included appearances by some of the performers from Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in various rehearsal scenes from the show.
The record was released in 1970, a Broadway run began the next year, and the year after that, the show returned to its writers' native England with a West End opening. Dancers included Chloe Davis, Timothy Edwards, Shelby Finnie, Bahiyah Hibah, Juel D. Typically for Andrew and Tim's collaborations, Jesus Christ Superstar started life as a concept album before making its way to an actual staged production. The musical was intensely earnest, often endearingly so. To drive that point home even more, the television special is actually officially called Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Airing on the day that celebrates Jesus' resurrection from the dead, the show is a reminder that all human beings have a light worth sharing with their neighbors.
Yet they have not been without bad news, having recently suffered the death of their beloved dog Puddy, who was named after Patrick Warburton's Seinfeld character. The ultra-modern musical did have its critics, predictably. Some of these extras lined two sides of the stage and formed a effect. But the singer-producer came through when he needed to. In December 2017, it was reported that British theater director would direct and that the show would be performed in front of a live audience at the Marcy Avenue Armory in.
There were genuinely poignant moments in the show, many of them involving the betrayal, capture and agony of Jesus. He has a really high, beautiful voice, and he sings pop songs in the kind of range where a lot of women could sing them. Legend, known for his smooth vocals and his collaborations with Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West, had no problem singing and acting the role, alongside co-stars Brandon Victor Dixon Judas , Sarah Bareilles Mary Magdalene , and Alice Cooper Herod. It was a genuinely moving tableau, not quite — but almost — overshadowed by the earlier dance-party antics. Star turn: At another point, the notorious Crown Of Thorns is placed on his head In 2012, Andrew sniped to the : 'I hugely objected to the original New York production, which was probably the worst night of my life.
She was drawn to Webber's music — particularly Love Him, in which Mary confesses her unrequited feelings for Jesus. The plot is loosely based on the ' accounts of the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. There was Judas leading a group dance number that looked like a Zumba routine in a Williamsburg coffeehouse — and then a bleeding Jesus was crucified and died. The story continues below the tweets. If you listen to Bruno Mars—Bruno Mars is a first tenor. So, , and what can fans expect from his version of Jesus Christ? But that simplistic description drastically undersells what Leveaux, Rudzinski, and the production and lighting designers accomplished with this live production. Who was the best Jesus? Who knew Jesus of Nazareth ran a tattoo parlor? John's Jesus is seen being dragged off by guards at one point, and at another, the notorious Crown Of Thorns is placed on his head.
The event's source material is the 1970s rock opera by and Tim Rice, an interpretation of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ. Cast List - Jesus - Mary Magdalene - Judas - King Herod Ben Daniels - Pontius Pilate - Caiaphas - Peter Jin Ha - Annas Erik Gronwall - Simon Zealotes. Overwhelmed by a throng of people needing his assistance, he tells them to heal themselves, and his follower Mary Magdalene attempts to calm him. Previous incarnations: The record was released in 1970, a Broadway run began the next year, and the year after that, the show returned to its writers' native England Another photo showed him looking distraught as he sat on a small staircase, with Sara stood a few feet ahead holding her hand out and Brandon advancing on her. Bareilles, 38, was introduced to Superstar via the 1973 movie starring Ted Neeley, and later saw a community theater production. A member of the chorus in the original Broadway show, Neeley also understudied the role of Jesus before playing the part in the Los Angeles production and then on the big screen in the movie version directed by Norman Jewison.
The cast list is full of celebs, Broadway greats, and more, set to perform the musical live from Brooklyn in just a few hours on Easter Sunday April 1. The David Leveaux-helmed concert was staged in front of an audience at Williamsburg's Marcy Armory. It's such a powerful, meaningful musical and I'm humbled to be part of this performance. I don't see how you could do that show as a film anyway. The character's big number is King Herod's Song Try It and See.
In addition, a full dress rehearsal performance took place on Saturday, March 31, 2018 in front of an invited audience and was recorded. No, she managed to steal the show from the audience with a steady stream of amazing tweets. The production was expected to utilize as many as twelve cameras to film the special. The network reignited the trend of annual live-musical events in 2013 with The Sound of Music Live! A heavy gospel influence can be heard on Legend's 2004 debut Get Lifted. In the event of any difficulties during the live broadcast, the recording served as an emergency backup. The only major award he has yet to win is an Emmy. Judas ascended a ladder, and when the ladder fell, it was clear that he had taken his life.
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. Ben Daniels was perfection as Pilate, and of course Alice Cooper … excellent Herod. Last year, Legend blended his musical talents with acting in a supporting role in La La Land, the breakout musical drama that went on to score several nominations at the Oscars. I was especially moved by the crucifiction. But he does have high hopes for the show as a whole in the Outstanding Variety Special Live category. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's is set to air tonight! The end of Jesus Christ Superstar spoiler alert? The family are currently traveling in Seoul, and on Wednesday John posted a sweet photo of Luna sitting amid a trio of massive teddy bears.