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John Legend will play Jesus Christ in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live

The TV adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical will air Easter Sunday.

December 19, 2017

John Legend has been cast as the titular role in NBC's forthcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The musical, based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1971 Broadway show, will air April 1, 2018. "Just woke up to Andrew LLoyd Webber tweeting about me. It’s a good day,” Legend tweeted after Webber confirmed the news. Alice Cooper had previously been cast in the production as King Herrod. Legend’s most recent album Darkness and Light came out December 2016.

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John Legend will play Jesus Christ in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live