What's the buzz? NBC is putting on rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar Live! next Easter, April 1, 2018.
The musical's original creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice have signed on to executive produce alongside Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
“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,” said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman in a statement. “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.”
The series is expected to debut in the 2017-18 television season.
For those unfamiliar with the Broadway classic from the '70s, it follows the final week of Jesus Christ’s life with appearances from your favorite biblical figures—Judas Iscariot, Mary Magdalene, Pontius Pilate, Caiaphas, Annas, Peter, Simon Zealotes and King Herod.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live! follows NBC's previous live musical events (also produced by Zadan and Meron) including: The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live! and Hairspray Live!.
Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, April 1, 2018, NBC