Monday, May 15

Jesus Christ Superstar to be broadcast live next Easter

NBC has just announced its next live production of a major musical will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.

Following on from its successful Christmas season broadcasts of  live musical productions, they have unveiled plans to bring the groundbreaking musical to the small screen for one night only on Easter Sunday (1 April 2018) next year. NBC’s live broadcasts of major Broadway shows began in 2013 with  The Sound of Music featuring Carrie Underwood. The shows (Peter Pan with Christopher Walken, The Wiz with Queen Latifah, and last year’s Hairspray with Harvey Fierstein)  have proved to be ratings hits.

The programme will have  Lloyd Webber and Rice as executive producers alongside multi award-winning film and theatre producers Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Commenting on the production, NBC Entertainment, chairman Robert Greenblatt said: “As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC. Casting has just begun, but we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible to give proper voice to what is the original rock opera score.”

Jesus Christ Superstar is next  being performed in the UK at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre this summer.

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