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John Legend Cast in NBC's 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!'

Musician John Legend attends the LDF 31th National Equal Justice Awards Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street on November 2, 2017 in New York City.

John Legend is an Oscar winner, Golden Globe winner, Tony winner and 10-time Grammy winner, and now he's also going to become Jesus Christ. The multi-talented singer has been cast in NBC’s special event Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.

The event will take place at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y., in front of a large audience.

"We’re all overjoyed to have world-class musical artist and producer John Legend starring as Jesus," Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a press release. "This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience. His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way."

'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!' Set for Easter 2018 on NBC

The live musical event, executive produced by original creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will premiere April 1, 2018.

Tim Rice, lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar added: "John Legend is a superstar. As a performer, his voice is infectious and effortless. As an actor, he is believable and honest. I’m thrilled he will be able to share his portrayal of Jesus with the world."

Legend took to Twitter this morning to express his excitement about the news.

He also said, "I'm thrilled to join the cast of this production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! It's such a powerful, meaningful musical and I'm humbled to be part of this performance. We've already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I'm certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice."

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, April 1, NBC